Most Kuwaitis text messages while driving
More than half of Kuwaiti drivers use their cell phones to text messages while behind the wheel, a study indicates.
The study, carried out by Dr Zakiya Al Hashmi, professor of sociology at Kuwait University, showed that 53% of the respondents admitted sending or receiving text messages while on the road.
It also indicated that 94% of Kuwaiti drivers who participated in the survey admitted to talking on their cell phones while driving.
According to the study, 10% of the survey sample suffered a traffic accident as a result of using the phone while driving, Kuwait Times reported.
The study pointed out that Kuwaiti citizens had the highest number of road accidents in 2008, drawing a connection between the increase in accidents and those using cell phones while driving.
Al Hashmi warned that using a phone while driving for more than 10 minutes increases the risks of accidents by four times and said that even hands-free headsets do not necessarily reduce the risk of car accidents.
“In both cases the driver is distracted because the level of distraction affects the quality of a person’s driving equally,” said Al Hashmi.
The study said that an experiment proved that the quality of a person driving with a cell phone is the same as a person driving under the influence of alcohol.