Does mobile phones cause accidents?

The response of an average Nigerian who lives in Lagos will be 'YES'.

But we do not have to blame them for such response.

The way some agencies in charge of road traffic control - the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and the Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA) jump on vehicle users in Lagos who are using their phones while driving could make an individual miss a call that could save a life. 

But that is a discussion for another day. 

The mobile phone has no such power to cause accident and that is what a report of the National Bureau of Statistics is showing. 

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On Friday, February 16, the NBS released a report on road accidents in Nigeria and one aspect of the report draws attention to the number of accidents in Nigeria and the fraction from that figure linked to use of mobile phones while driving and where it happened most. 

A data from 36 states and the Federal Capital showed that Lagos State, where this check for vehicle drivers with phones in their hands is high, had no record of accident caused by mobile phone use. 

Only Taraba, Onodo, Katsina and Anambra States recorded one case of accident each, caused by use of mobile phone.

A total of 2,489 road crashes occured in the fourth quarter of 2017, according to the report and out of that number only four, which is almost insignificant, were caused by mobile phones. 

This proportion of phone-caused-accidents is 0.16 or 0.2 which is insignificant when compared to the amount of accidents caused by speed violation.

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Speed violation is reported as the major cause of road crashes in the quarter. It accounted for 45.08% of the total road crashes reported. Loss of control and dangerous driving followed closely as they both accounted for 10.08% and 8.04% of the total road crashes.

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