Using mobile devices while driving in Croatia – preliminary analysis

Dragan Peraković, Ivan Grgurević, Željko Šarić, Ivan Forenbacher, Siniša Husnjak, Ivan Jovović, Ivan Cvitić, Gordana Kordić, Rosana Elizabeta Sente, Petra Zorić
  • November 2017, Publishing Society
  • DOI: 10.18638/rcitd.2017.5.1.109

Using mobile devices while driving in Croatia – preliminary analysis

What is it about?

Research has shown that using a mobile device while driving increases the risk of traffic accidents by up to five times. From 2010 to 2014, Croatia has doubled the number of offenses caused using mobile device while driving. Current methods of prevention have succeeded in reducing the number of offenses (reduction of 6% in 2016), which justifies the investment in ways to improve prevention. Except the financial penalties, activities in the form of prevention and awareness raising about the negative impact of the use of mobile devices on driver behavior and the safety of road traffic in Croatia are insufficiently pronounced. The aim of this research is to determine the intensity of the use of mobile devices and to find to what extent would certain technical, technological and regulatory measures trigger a reduction in use.

Why is it important?

In 2016, 32,757 traffic accidents occurred in Croatia.


Professor Dragan Perakovic
Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences, University of Zagreb

Presented questionnaire results show that 97% of drivers in Croatia use their mobile phones while driving. The results of counting have given results of 8,9% of drivers who use their phone behind the wheel. Respondents most often use their phone for talking behind the wheel, while texting is considered to noticeable affect the time of reaction. Stricter law, higher fines, more dense police control and higher level of education are considered to encourage reduction in the use of mobile devices while driving.

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The following have contributed to this page: Professor Dragan Perakovic and Ivan Cvitić