Distracted driving

Mobile phone use while driving in three Mexican cities

Juan Daniel Vera-López, Ricardo Pérez-Núñez, Martha Híjar, Elisa Hidalgo-Solórzano, Jeffrey C. Lunnen, Aruna Chandran, Adnan A. Hyder

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Mexico has a significant road traffic injury and mortality burden, and several states/municipalities have begun passing legislation restricting mobile phone use while driving (MPUWD). Little information is available about the prevalence of MPUWD in Mexico. This study measures the prevalence of mobile phone talking and texting among drivers in three cities, and identifies associated demographic and environmental factors. Two rounds of roadside observations from a group of randomly selected automobile drivers were conducted during 2011-2012 in Guadalajara-Zapopan, León and Cuernavaca. The overall prevalence of MPUWD was 10.78%; it was highest in Guadalajara-Zapopan (13.93%, 95% CI 12.87 to 15.05), lowest in Cuernavaca (7.42%, 95% CI 6.29 to 8.67), and remained stable over two rounds of observations, except for León, where the prevalence increased from 5.27% to 10.37% (p=0.000). Driving alone on major roads in non-taxi cars during the weekdays was associated with MPUWD. Results highlight the importance of studying the risk of mobile phone use, and designing and evaluating specific preventive interventions to address this problem in Mexico.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-279
Number of pages4
JournalInjury Prevention
Volume19
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2013

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Cell Phones
Mexico
Text Messaging
Automobiles
Legislation
Distracted Driving
Cross-Sectional Studies
Demography
Mortality
Wounds and Injuries

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Vera-López, J. D., Pérez-Núñez, R., Híjar, M., Hidalgo-Solórzano, E., Lunnen, J. C., Chandran, A., & Hyder, A. A. (2013). Distracted driving: Mobile phone use while driving in three Mexican cities. Injury Prevention, 19(4), 276-279. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040496

Distracted driving : Mobile phone use while driving in three Mexican cities. / Vera-López, Juan Daniel; Pérez-Núñez, Ricardo; Híjar, Martha; Hidalgo-Solórzano, Elisa; Lunnen, Jeffrey C.; Chandran, Aruna; Hyder, Adnan A.

In: Injury Prevention, Vol. 19, No. 4, 08.2013, p. 276-279.

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Vera-López, JD, Pérez-Núñez, R, Híjar, M, Hidalgo-Solórzano, E, Lunnen, JC, Chandran, A & Hyder, AA 2013, 'Distracted driving: Mobile phone use while driving in three Mexican cities', Injury Prevention, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 276-279. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040496
Vera-López JD, Pérez-Núñez R, Híjar M, Hidalgo-Solórzano E, Lunnen JC, Chandran A et al. Distracted driving: Mobile phone use while driving in three Mexican cities. Injury Prevention. 2013 Aug;19(4):276-279. https://doi.org/10.1136/injuryprev-2012-040496
Vera-López, Juan Daniel ; Pérez-Núñez, Ricardo ; Híjar, Martha ; Hidalgo-Solórzano, Elisa ; Lunnen, Jeffrey C. ; Chandran, Aruna ; Hyder, Adnan A. / Distracted driving : Mobile phone use while driving in three Mexican cities. In: Injury Prevention. 2013 ; Vol. 19, No. 4. pp. 276-279.
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