Most Kuwaitis text messages while driving

August 31, 2010

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.




About the author

Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
Media career:
  • ABC News (Tunisia)
  • Bahrain Tribune
  • Gulf News
  • Bahrain Television News
Teaching career:
  • Monastir (Tunisia)
  • University of Bahrain
  • MA  Mass Communications, University of Leicester
  • BA  in English & US literature and studies, University of Tunis

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