Journal of
Public Health and Epidemiology

  • Abbreviation: J. Public Health Epidemiol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2316
  • DOI: 10.5897/JPHE
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 517

Full Length Research Paper

Unmatchability of mobile phone and handlebar: Predictors among professional motorcyclists at Cotonou (Benin)

Yolaine GLELE AHANHANZO
  • Yolaine GLELE AHANHANZO
  • Multidisciplinary Research Unit for Road Crashes Prevention (ReMPARt), Epidemiology and Biostatistic Department, Regional Institute of Public Health, Benin.
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Nicolas GAFFAN
  • Nicolas GAFFAN
  • Multidisciplinary Research Unit for Road Crashes Prevention (ReMPARt), Epidemiology and Biostatistic Department, Regional Institute of Public Health, Benin.
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Alphonse KPOZEHOUEN
  • Alphonse KPOZEHOUEN
  • Multidisciplinary Research Unit for Road Crashes Prevention (ReMPARt), Epidemiology and Biostatistic Department, Regional Institute of Public Health, Benin.
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Charles SOSSA-JEROME
  • Charles SOSSA-JEROME
  • Health Promotion Department, Regional Institute of Public Health, Benin.
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Colette AZANDJEME
  • Colette AZANDJEME
  • Health Promotion Department, Regional Institute of Public Health, Benin.
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Alain LEVEQUE
  • Alain LEVEQUE
  • Public Health School (Université Libre de Bruxelles) – Center for Research in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Clinical Research, Bruxelles, Belgium.
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  •  Received: 18 September 2019
  •  Accepted: 25 November 2019
  •  Published: 31 December 2019

Abstract

In Benin, professional motorcyclists represent a consistent part of transport services, particularly in the city of Cotonou. However, this activity remains poorly regulated, which contributes to the development of risky behaviors. Among these latter, there is not enough evidence about the use of mobile phones while driving. The study aims to estimate the prevalence of mobile phone use while driving and to identify the associated factors among professional motorcyclists in Cotonou. It was a cross-sectional study involving 430 registered professional motorcyclists at parking lots in Cotonou in 2019. Univariate and multivariate analysis by the logistic regression model was used to identify factors associated with mobile use while driving. The prevalence of mobile phone use while driving was 12.47%. Multivariate revealed that factors associated with mobile phone use during driving among professional motorcyclists were alcohol consumption (AOR=2.10; 95% CI: [1.15-3.83]) and service length less than 10 years (AOR=2.20; 95%CI: [1.15-4.71]). Given the place of professional motorcyclists in public transport system and the hazard for consumers, use of mobile while riding should necessarily be addressed through road safety interventions and law enforcement. Faced with conjunction of risk behavior among this population, the findings highlighted also the needs of integrative approach in interventions towards professional motorcyclists.

Key words: Mobile phone, risk factors, road traffic accident, Benin