Student motorcyclists’ mobile phone use while driving in Vientiane, Laos

Sysavanh Phommachanh, Masao Ichikawa*, Shinji Nakahara, Mayfong Mayxay, Akio Kimura

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To investigate mobile phone use while driving among student motorcyclists in Laos, we conducted a school-based questionnaire survey in central Vientiane in May 2014. Of the 883 high school students who reported to drive motorcycles at least once a week, 40% have ever used phones while driving motorcycles in both sexes. Those phone users had longer driving exposures than non-users, with about half engaging in phone use while driving at least 2 days a week and 70% engaging for 1 min or longer on an average day. They reported not just talking on the phone while driving but operating the phone such as dialling and text-messaging. In some instances, phone use was reportedly involved in their past crash experiences. To formulate a sound policy on this emerging distracting behaviour among motorcyclists, its contribution to the occurrence of overall crashes among motorcyclists should be investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • distraction
  • Laos
  • mobile phones
  • motorcycles
  • students


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