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JCR. 2020; 7(12): 3193-3202


ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MOBILE PHONE USAGE IN ROAD TRAFFIC ENVIRONMENT WITH THE SPEED MANAGING BEHAVIOUR AMONG YOUNG AND AGED POPULATION - A SURVEY

Swetaa. A, Karthik, Ganesh Mohanraj.

Abstract
Travel speed is one of the most critical parameters for road safety; the evidence suggests that
increased vehicle speed is associated with higher crash risk and injury severity. Both naturalistic and simulator
studies have reported that drivers distracted by a mobile phone select a lower driving speed. Mobile phone use
while driving is a major cause of driver distraction, affecting driving performance and increasing accident risk.
The aim of the study is to analyse the impact of mobile phone usage in road traffic environment on the speed
managing behaviour among young and aged population by survey.A questionnaire was created with a set of 12
questions related to mobile phone usage in a road traffic environment . 100 random participants of adults and
aged males and females by random sampling method . The participants were asked to fill the questionnaire in an
online forum . The results were collected and formatted in Pie charts, Chi- square test was used and statistically
analysed using SPSS.90% of them are aware of road safety while driving. Most of the population wear helmets
regularly which is about 59%, 15% of the population wear helmets occasionally and 26% do not wear helmets
regularly.84% of them responded that they use bluetooth or headphones while driving and 16% of them
responded that they won't use bluetooth or headphones while driving. 70% of them responded that they get
distracted using phones while driving. Mobile phone use while driving is a common driving behavior and poses
a serious threat to public health. From the current study it shows that mobile phone usage while driving causes
greater distraction. Thus we conclude further measures to be taken in control of usage of mobile phone while
driving.

Key words: Drivers; road safety; mobile phones; speed; traffic rules.



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