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The hazards of pedestrian mobile-phone use when crossing signalized intersections, Iran (2017); an observational study

(2019) The hazards of pedestrian mobile-phone use when crossing signalized intersections, Iran (2017); an observational study. Journal of Occupational Health and Epidemiology. pp. 65-75. ISSN 2251-8096

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Abstract

Background: Distracted walking is a major cause of pedestrian fatalities. Along with the expansion and popularity of mobile phones, their impacts on pedestrian safety, especially when crossing urban intersections have attracted a lot of attention. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of mobile-phone use on pedestrians’ crossing behavior when passing signalized intersections. Materials and Methods: An observational study was conducted to compare the behavior of pedestrians using mobile phones (the reference group) with non-mobile phone pedestrians (the time-matched control group and the demographic-matched control group) crossing signalized intersections in 2017. For this purpose, the demographic information and walking behaviors of 513 pedestrians were observed. Furthermore, a binary logistic regression model was used to predict risky behaviors. Results: Using mobile phones has a direct impact on the unsafe behavior of pedestrians crossing signalized intersections. Mobile-phone users showed significantly less safe behavior (14.6 times) than non-mobile phone users (p <0.001). Using mobile phones to talk had the greatest impact on the vulnerable behavior of pedestrians (p <0.001). SMS conversations and listening to music were in the next positions, respectively (p = 0.283). Conclusions: Using mobile phones can often lead to the carelessness of pedestrians and their exposure to the possible risk of pedestrian-vehicle crashes. Applying the findings of the present research requires effective technologies and strategies to prevent the use of mobile phones by pedestrians at signalized intersections.  

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Pedestrians,Distraction,Mobile Phone,Safety,
Divisions: Research Vice-Chancellor Department > Journal of Occupational Health and Epidemiology
Page Range: pp. 65-75
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational Health and Epidemiology
Journal Index: ISC
Volume: 8
Number: 2
Publisher: Rafsanjan University of Medical Sciences
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.29252/johe.8.2.65
ISSN: 2251-8096
Depositing User: خانم طاهره علی محمدی
URI: http://eprints.rums.ac.ir/id/eprint/6992

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