International Journal of Applied Science and Technology

ISSN 2221-0997 (Print), 2221-1004 (Online) 10.30845/ijast

Assessing the Effects of Mobile Phone Use, Test Messages and Chatting On Social Media among Saudi and Non-Saudi Drivers
Uchechukwu L. Osuagwu. OD, Bander Al-Aseeri., Professor Kelechi C. Oghuehi.

A self-administered survey assessing the use of mobile phones among Saudi and non-Saudi drivers, was distributed by hand to 520 male drivers [Saudis (70.2%), non-Saudis (29.7%)] aged between 16 – 61years. 32% (Saudis) and 18% (non-Saudis) began driving at age<16 years while 80.3% (Saudis) and 72.3% (non-Saudis) had a valid driver’s license. 82.7% (Saudi) & 80.7% (non-Saudi) drivers use private vehicles. Age, nationality and use of social media while driving, were significantly associated with road traffic accident (RTA), while use of mobile phones and text messaging while driving showed the greatest odds (7x & 5x) of RTA risk. About 1 in 2 drivers aged 16-30 years had been involved in at least one RTA. Not being a Saudi, the use of cell phones, and text messaging, increases the risk of involvement in RTAs but the odds were greatest for making/receiving phone calls. The current regulations should consider a strict ban on mobile phone use while driving.

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