CRRI study reveals danger of using mobile phones while driving

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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) has carried out a study on the danger of using mobile phones while driving, the Lok Sabha was informed today.

The study was conducted in 2004 on 'Safety Implications of using Mobile Phones', Minister of State for Home Affairs Manikrao H Gavit said in a written reply.

The study has highlighted how the skills (visual, auditory, biomechanical and cognitive) required for driving get impaired due to the use of mobile phones while driving or walking.

He said the study also highlighted that the use of mobile phones in India was more risky while driving as compared to the developed world because two-wheeler riders were more in India and proper use of helmets and balancing of the vehicle became more difficult as compared to four-wheelers.

The study highlighted it was a myth that hands-free mobiles were safer to use while driving as compared to hand-held phones.

Though the ownership of cell phones was much higher with women drivers as compared to men, which was estimated at 98 per cent verses 79 per cent, the use of cell phones while driving was more common with men, as more than 22 per cent reported using cell phones " often" as compared to 18 per cent by women drivers, 24 per cent sometimes in comparison to just 8.6 per cent by women.

Mr Gavit said the study further revealed that the education level had a strong positive relationship with the use of cell phones as those with higher literacy levels used mobiles more sensibly.

The ownership as well as the use of cell phones was found to be highly age related as younger people used it more as compared to elders.

He said over 50 per cent of drivers participating in the Delhi study felt their safety was jeopardised by the use of cell phones by fellow drivers in the traffic schemes.

The study was an in-house Research Project of CRRI and was not intended for submission to any Government agencies/department, he added.


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