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Mobile phone use while riding a motorcycle and crashes among university students.
Traffic Inj Prev. 2019; 20(2):204-210.TI

Abstract

OBJECTIVE

Motorcycle crashes are a significant road safety challenge, particularly in many low- and middle-income countries where motorcycles represent the vast majority of their vehicle fleet. Though risky riding behaviors, such as speeding and riding under the influence of alcohol, have been identified as important contributors to motorcycle crashes, little is understood about the effect of using a mobile phone while riding on motorcycle crash involvement. This article investigates crash involvement among motorcycle riders with risky riding behaviors, particularly using a mobile phone while riding.

METHODS

Data were obtained from an online survey of university students' risky riding behaviors in Vietnam administered between March and May 2016 (n = 665).

RESULTS

Results show that 40% of motorcycle riders reported to have experienced a crash/fall and nearly 24% of motorcycle riders indicated that they had been injured in a crash/fall. Effects of mobile phone use while riding on safety of motorcycle riders are highlighted. Specifically, more frequent use of a mobile phone for texting or searching for information while riding is associated with a higher chance of being involved in a crash/fall. The results also show that drink riding is associated with a higher chance of being injured.

CONCLUSIONS

Overall this article reveals significant safety issues of using a mobile phone while riding a motorcycle, providing valuable insight for designing education and publicity campaigns.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a School of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences , La Trobe University , Bundoora , Victoria , Australia.b Institute of Construction Engineering , University of Transport and Communications , Hanoi , Vietnam.c School of Global, Urban and Social Studies , RMIT University , Melbourne , Victoria , Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30888875

Citation

Truong, Long T., et al. "Mobile Phone Use While Riding a Motorcycle and Crashes Among University Students." Traffic Injury Prevention, vol. 20, no. 2, 2019, pp. 204-210.
Truong LT, Nguyen HTT, De Gruyter C. Mobile phone use while riding a motorcycle and crashes among university students. Traffic Inj Prev. 2019;20(2):204-210.
Truong, L. T., Nguyen, H. T. T., & De Gruyter, C. (2019). Mobile phone use while riding a motorcycle and crashes among university students. Traffic Injury Prevention, 20(2), 204-210. https://doi.org/10.1080/15389588.2018.1546048
Truong LT, Nguyen HTT, De Gruyter C. Mobile Phone Use While Riding a Motorcycle and Crashes Among University Students. Traffic Inj Prev. 2019;20(2):204-210. PubMed PMID: 30888875.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Mobile phone use while riding a motorcycle and crashes among university students. AU - Truong,Long T, AU - Nguyen,Hang T T, AU - De Gruyter,Chris, Y1 - 2019/03/19/ PY - 2019/3/20/pubmed PY - 2019/6/15/medline PY - 2019/3/20/entrez KW - Risky behavior KW - crash KW - injury KW - mobile phone KW - motorcycle SP - 204 EP - 210 JF - Traffic injury prevention JO - Traffic Inj Prev VL - 20 IS - 2 N2 - OBJECTIVE: Motorcycle crashes are a significant road safety challenge, particularly in many low- and middle-income countries where motorcycles represent the vast majority of their vehicle fleet. Though risky riding behaviors, such as speeding and riding under the influence of alcohol, have been identified as important contributors to motorcycle crashes, little is understood about the effect of using a mobile phone while riding on motorcycle crash involvement. This article investigates crash involvement among motorcycle riders with risky riding behaviors, particularly using a mobile phone while riding. METHODS: Data were obtained from an online survey of university students' risky riding behaviors in Vietnam administered between March and May 2016 (n = 665). RESULTS: Results show that 40% of motorcycle riders reported to have experienced a crash/fall and nearly 24% of motorcycle riders indicated that they had been injured in a crash/fall. Effects of mobile phone use while riding on safety of motorcycle riders are highlighted. Specifically, more frequent use of a mobile phone for texting or searching for information while riding is associated with a higher chance of being involved in a crash/fall. The results also show that drink riding is associated with a higher chance of being injured. CONCLUSIONS: Overall this article reveals significant safety issues of using a mobile phone while riding a motorcycle, providing valuable insight for designing education and publicity campaigns. SN - 1538-957X UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30888875/Mobile_phone_use_while_riding_a_motorcycle_and_crashes_among_university_students_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/15389588.2018.1546048 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -