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IJMDC. 2021; 5(3): 911-917

Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia

Authors: Marwah Yakoop Abdullah, Najlaa Abdulrahman Alsubeeh, Mashael Alhassan.

ABSTRACT

Background: The use of mobile phones has increased dramatically among drivers in all over the world in the past few years. The primary objective of this study was to measure the prevalence of cell phone use while driving in Saudi Arabia and to find whether there is a relationship between car accidents and the use of mobile phones while driving. The secondary objective was to explore general knowledge and attitudes toward traffic regulations related to cell phone usage while driving. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study conducted among 585 drivers in Saudi Arabia using a self-reported online survey distributed through social media channels. Results: Our results showed that 78.6% of the participants acknowledged that they use the phone while driving. The percentage who reported car accidents involving them or their friends or relatives while using the phone while driving was 43.8%, along with 71.8% mentioning near misses. The percentage of respondents who thought that using a mobile phone while driving had a strong impact on the driverís ability to drive was 31.5%. Conclusion: This study highlights the importance of raising awareness about risks of using mobile phones during driving in Saudi Arabia and it is recommended to implement harsher penalties to reduce the use of mobile phones while driving.

Keywords:
Mobile phones, awareness, driving, Saudi Arabia.


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Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia


Authors
Marwah Yakoop Abdullah
Department of Family Medicine, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Najlaa Abdulrahman Alsubeeh
College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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Mashael Alhassan
Department of Family Medicine, King Abdul-Aziz Medical City, Ministry of National Guard, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
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Correspondence to:
. Najlaa Abdulrahman Alsubeeh, College of Medicine, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.; najlaa.alsubeeh@gmail.com

Publication history
Received 31 Jan 2021
Accepted 16 Feb 2021
Published online 24 Feb 2021
Published in print 04 Mar 2021

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Abdullah MY, Alsubeeh NA, Alhassan M. Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(3): 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah MY, Alsubeeh NA, Alhassan M. Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. http://www.ijmdc.com/?mno=50782 [Access: April 22, 2021]. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah MY, Alsubeeh NA, Alhassan M. Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. 2021; 5(3): 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah MY, Alsubeeh NA, Alhassan M. Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC. (2021), [cited April 22, 2021]; 5(3): 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah, M. Y., Alsubeeh, . N. A. & Alhassan, . M. (2021) Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. IJMDC, 5 (3), 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah, Marwah Yakoop, Najlaa Abdulrahman Alsubeeh, and Mashael Alhassan. 2021. Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (3), 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


Chicago Style

Abdullah, Marwah Yakoop, Najlaa Abdulrahman Alsubeeh, and Mashael Alhassan. "Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5 (2021), 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah, Marwah Yakoop, Najlaa Abdulrahman Alsubeeh, and Mashael Alhassan. "Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia." International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries 5.3 (2021), 911-917. Print. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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Abdullah, M. Y., Alsubeeh, . N. A. & Alhassan, . M. (2021) Use of mobile phone while driving in Saudi Arabia. International Journal of Medicine in Developing Countries, 5 (3), 911-917. doi:10.24911/IJMDC.51-1612083352


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