G33, 409a, resource file, Fall 2011

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Traffic  Safety book by Evans:

http://www.scienceservingsociety.com/traffic-safety.htm

 

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Memorize, research, interpret, and debate these stats:


Safety in Numbers: Charting Traffic-Safety and Fatality Data – Feature
http://blog.caranddriver.com/safety-in-numbers-charting-traffic-safety-and-fatality-data-feature/

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Students "Watching" Your Driving Habits

Driver's education students from Memorial High School spent Tuesday morning observing the habits of other drivers.   25 students teamed up with Vanderburgh County Sheriff's deputies to monitor 5 Evansville intersections.   The students are looking for distracted drivers, speeders and those not wearing seat belts.   Deputies say this is a good chance for students to see what they see on a daily basis before getting behind the wheel.   Tuesday morning the focus was on the corner of Weinbach and Washington.   The students say about 90% of the drivers observed were wearing their seat belts.   Some of the most common occurrences were texting, talking on cell phones and drivers with dogs on their laps.

http://tristatehomepage.com/fulltext?nxd_id=264567

http://larchmont.patch.com/articles/distracted-driving-a-danger-to-this-generation

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Distracted Driving Is Dangerous Driving

Distracted Driving Is Dangerous Driving

Distracted Driving Is Dangerous Driving

Don't Drive While Distracted, A Plea From a Victim

See all Hudson Valley Patch No Texting While Driving Campaign articles

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Virtual setup for distracted driving: virtual distracted driving

e.g., counting mistakes and time under different types of distraction procedures:

none—focused

rubbernecking to answer a quiz after the ride

chatting or texting

more? (students can come up with these)

Students to see dangers of distracted driving

CBS42 - ‎4 hours ago

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) Shelby County officials are teaming up with the University of Montevallo to educate students on the dangers of distracted driving.

State Police Target Drivers Using Cell Phones

WGRZ-TV - Aaron Saykin - ‎39 minutes ago

BUFFALO, NY - If there were ever a good time to stop using your cell phone illegally while driving, this would be it. New York State Police are preparing for what is expected to be nearly a week of increased enforcement of the hands-free law on state ...

More DrDriving stories

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Slides and reports on driving issues:

http://www.good.is/category/transportation/

 

Yet Another Reason Sprawl Sucks: Long Commutes Cause Divorce

http://www.good.is/post/yet-another-reason-sprawl-sucks-long-commutes-cause-divorce/

 

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Allstate, U.S. DOT Team Up to Tackle Distracted Driving

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/allstate-us-dot-team-up-to-tackle-distracted-driving-121390749.html

Today's event at the Walt Disney World® Speedway was a hands-on experience where parents and teens learned how distractions can affect a driver behind the wheel. Strickland and Wilson interacted with professional driving instructors who took parent-teen teams through a special advanced driving course that included distractions like phone calls, texting, and rowdy passengers. With each added distraction, the course became more difficult and both teens and parents hit cones and veered off course.

"Allstate's goal is to help protect teens from their number one enemy – auto accidents. We applaud Secretary LaHood and DOT's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for championing this cause and proudly stand with him," said Wilson. "Instilling a behavior of safe driving requires awareness, education and enforcement. Lawmakers can also help by enacting graduated licensing laws so driving privileges are consistent with capabilities."

The Family Driving Challenge is Allstate's interactive awareness program that travels to cities across the United States and is designed to help address the alarming statistics about distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration:

    Car crashes are the number one killer of American teens, with an average of 11 American teens dying each day as a result of teen-related car crashes.

    Nearly 5,500 people died in 2009 in crashes involving a distracted driver.

    Driver distraction contributes to 25 percent of all police-reported traffic crashes.

    Younger, inexperienced drivers under 20 years old have the highest proportion of distraction-related fatal crashes.

To learn more about Allstate's teen safe driving initiatives visit www.allstate.com/teen.  Information about our advocacy efforts on graduated driver licensing laws can be found at www.facebook.com/save11.

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Texting and cell phone use are separate issues

That would be a shame, considering the danger that texting, in particular, poses for everyone on the roadways. A study released by the American Journal of Public Health last year estimated that texting while driving likely caused more than 16,000 road fatalities in the U.S. between 2002 and 2007. And that was before texting was as widespread as it is today

But attempting to ban all use of cell phones is likely to meet with serious opposition. Step beyond the well-documented dangers of texting, and you’re suddenly in the gray area of distracted driving. If all cell phone use is made illegal, then what’s next on the list of distractions to ban? Coffee? French fries? Children?

 

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mailto:http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_f86bcfda-6e00-11e0-b9c7-001cc4c03286.html

Illinois has been on top of the dangers of distracted driving. The state has laws prohibiting cellphone use and/or texting in certain areas — such as school zones — and by young, inexperienced drivers.

But it is a risk that is evolving and needs continued attention. So, it’s good to learn that Secretary of State Jesse White plans to reconvene a distracted driving task force. The original task force developed several ideas that became law.

 

In a recent meeting with The Pantagraph Editorial Board, White said, “During the initial hearings, we learned where some of the problems were,” such as texting and cellphone use in school and construction zones.

Lower speed limits in school and construction zones alone do not provide adequate safety as long as people are distracted by talking on their cellphones, or texting, he said.

White hopes reconvening the tax task force will focus more attention on the problem and uncover new ideas for addressing it.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says distracted driving falls into three main categories: “visual — taking your eyes off the road; manual — taking your hands off the wheel; and cognitive — taking your mind off what you’re doing.”

Not all those distractions are the result of people using electronic devices. (…)

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The Future of the Connected Car—TELEMATICS

http://mashable.com/2011/02/26/connected-car/ 

 

How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court

http://skattertech.com/2011/02/how-my-smart-phone-got-me-out-of-a-speeding-ticket-in-traffic-court/

 

Association of British Drivers ABD

Speed Limits report: http://www.abd.org.uk/speed_limits_85th.htm 

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Distracted driving: ‘Deadly epidemic’ or storm in a teacup?

Safety measures enacted in a number of states; critics say the plans do not go far enough

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/42338592/ns/business-autos/

 

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How Much Of A Problem Is Distracted Driving?

A recent USA Today article discusses the question of distracted driving and the recent publicity campaign by the Department of Transportation (DOT), including the personal presence of Secretary Ray LaHood.

http://www.einnews.com/247pr/213251

 

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TRAFFIC "EXPERIMENTS" AND A CURE FOR WAVES & JAMS

1998 William Beaty Electrical Engineer

My first 'experiment': accidentally erasing waves!

http://trafficwaves.org/trafexp.htmlhttp://trafficwaves.org/trafexp.html

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MERGING-LANE TRAFFIC JAMS, A SIMPLE CURE

http://trafficwaves.org/seatraf.html

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Driving Psychology Reports

by students of Dr. Leon James (1988-1994)

 

Paper #

Title

Student

Date

1

Driving & Aggression:
An Examination of Driving Behavior

Shu Chin Selina

August 12, 1988

2

Influence on the Driving Performance and Behavior:
Factors that affect me

Sharon
U. H. Lee

May 5, 1994

3

The Stereotypes of Women Drivers:
From male conducted research and analysis from my perspective

Christine Tomooka

April 28, 1994

4

A Self-Monitoring Project for
Modifying Driving Speed

Ruth
Antone

July 2, 1987

5

My Self Witnessing Experiment On
Driving the Speed Limit

Michele
Kim

July 2, 1987


Back to Leon James Home

http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/459f96/cmachida/psy499/home.html

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More Topics on this Site

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1.     Road Rage -- What is it? Who has it? Why is it happening now? How do we avoid it?

2.     Aggressive Driving -- How does the law define it? What do people consider to be aggressive driving? How widespread is it? What are the top aggressive driving behaviors? Which cities have the highest rate of aggressive driving? How do you deal with it? Who is an aggressive driver? How do I assess myself on it? What do I do about it? Aggressiveness in relation to type of vehicle, gender, geographic area.

3.     Stress and Driving -- Why is driving stressful? Does it have health effects? How do I reduce my stress in traffic?

4.     Driving Angry -- Why do drivers get angry? What triggers anger? Is venting anger helpful? Who gets most angry? How can you reduce anger behind the wheel?

5.     Congestion and Frustration -- Is congestion ever going to improve? Which cities have the most congestion? How does it affect our quality of life? What's the best way to handle it.

6.     Music and Driving -- Why do drivers like to listen to music? Does it have an effect on their driving? Is some music more calming than others? Is some type of music too exciting for driving?

7.     Men and Women Drivers -- Do they drive differently? How do crash and fatality statistics differ for men and women? Why do women drivers have a bad reputation among men?

8.     Distracted Driving-- How big is this problem? What does it include? How does it happen? How do I assess my tendency to drive distracted?

9.     Emergency Vehicles -- How big a problem is ambulance chasing? Who is doing it and why? What's being done about it? Why don't drivers get out of the way of emergency vehicles? The EMS perspective.

10.    Rushing -- Why are we in a hurry all the time? How does rushing affect other drivers? Is it aggressive to drive in a hurry?

11.    Drunk Driving -- How does the law define it and what are the penalties? Designated drivers. Breath analyzers and BAC levels. Sobriety check points. MADD.

12.    Driving Emotionally Impaired -- When do our emotions interfere with our driving? How do we avoid it and regain control?

13.    Driving and Cell Phone Use -- How dangerous is it? Should it be illegal? Can we train ourselves to use it safely?

14.    Driving Drowsy -- Is it a big problem? How do I avoid it? What are the signs? How dangerous is it compared to drunk driving?

15.    Teen Driving -- Why is their crash rate so high? When should they get their permit? What impact does peer pressure have? How do cruising and partying in the car contribute to teen crash and fatality rates? Underage drinking. SADD. What is graduated licensing? How can parents help? Scenario analysis to build critical thinking about driving (There are always new cases to analyze from the media and the courts). What courses are available? Distance education courses.

16.    Older Drivers -- Is there an age at which one should give up driving? What are the symptoms? Is it fair to impose restrictions? How can older drivers compensate for declining physical ability?

17.    Drivers and Bicyclists -- Is there a war between them? Who is affected? What groups are involved in activism?

18.    Traffic Calming -- What is it? Why install road bumps and traffic circles when cars are just going through an area? Benefits and opposition.

19.     Ramp Meters -- Why are they needed? Are there going to be more of them? How can drivers adapt to them? What public agencies can do to reduce anxiety and frustration.

20.    Intelligent Highways and Cars -- What are they? Do they exist now? What's planned for the immediate future? Will it make a big difference?

21.     Mobile Computing -- What communications equipment are being placed in cars? How do people use them? Is there a safety problem? Are there laws about it? Should there be more required training?

22.    Rubbernecking -- How does it hinder traffic? What are traffic waves? How can you minimize them?

23.    Drivers and Passengers -- Is there a battle between them? Do passengers have rights? What is bad and good passenger behavior? What are a driver's responsibilities towards passengers?

24.    Speed Limit Enforcement --The Great Speed Limit Debate on the Web. What organized groups are there against speed limits? What is a Speedtrap Registry? How effective are they? What's their thesis?

25.    Partnership Driving -- Enlist your passengers to help you become a better driver. How to proceed. Benefits.

26.    SUVs -- How do people feel driving them? Why do people buy them? How do people in smaller cars feel around SUVs? What impact has the tire recall had?

27.    Driver Support Groups -- What are QDCs (Quality Driving Circles)? How do they work? Who should be in them? What are their benefits?

28.    Driving Around Trucks -- What is the "No Zone"? How do truckers feel about 4-wheelers? Why do people complain about large trucks? Are they dangerous to the public?

29.    Driving Informatics -- The new information field covering the many new areas in society that have become connected to cars--DMV databases, travel, communications, computing, law enforcement, insurance, consumer groups, sales, advertising, automotive medicine, traffic psychology, driver education, dashboard dining, anger management, the Web, e-mail, e-commerce, entertainment industry, road management, traffic calming, speedtrap registries, and others.

30.    Children in the Car -- Driver education begins when we ride in cars driven by adults. How to avoid teaching them to become aggressive drivers when they grow up. Helpful activities with children in cars.

31.    Safety and Driver Education -- The new curriculum for lifelong driver education K through 12. Road rage against children. Children's road rage. Critical thinking. Affective education.

32.    Aggressive Driving Initiatives by Police -- What are they? Who funds them? How do they operate? How are they trained for it? How do they combine education with enforcement?

33.    Dashboard Dining --Who eats in cars, how often? What new fast food products make it easier or safer to eat while driving? What are the concerns.

34.    Photo Radar -- Red light running--why people do it. How does photo-radar work? Automatic ticketing by mail. Benefits and concerns.

35.    Training Our Traffic Emotions -- What are traffic emotions? Why do we need to identify our irrational driving rules? How can we become emotionally intelligent drivers? What is the Threestep Program for driver self-improvement training? Critical thinking for emotional challenges--how to be prepared. What is the driver's prime directive.

36.    Traffic Stops -- How should the driver behave? What not to do. Law enforcement perspective. Public's perspective. The use of video cameras.

37.    Driver's Diary -- Keeping a log of your mistakes. Recording yourself thinking aloud. Other self-witnessing methods suitable for changing your driving personality.

38.    Traffic Violator Schools -- Who gets to take it. Typical curriculum and new aggressive driving components. Benefits and incentive programs.

39. Songs About Cars -- Popular song lyrics spiritually explained.

 

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Evaluation of cognitive responses to anger-provoking driving situations using the Articulated Thoughts during Simulated Situations procedure

SM Nesbit… - … Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and …, 2010 - Elsevier
... He conceptualized these styles of thinking as biased, in that they negatively distort one's
understanding and increase the ... (2003) noted that a driver's propensity to ... in more context-specific
anger and arousal, along with a greater propensity to report aggressive driving behavior. ...

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Distracted Driving Among Teens Highlighted In Recent Survey

Patch.com -

A survey of 2300 teenagers from around the country reveals a trend of inattention while driving, particularly because of distractions while behind the wheel.

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Are aggressive people aggressive drivers? A study of the relationship between self-reported general aggressiveness, driver anger and aggressive driving

T Lajunen… - Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2001 - Elsevier
... In sum, the relationship between gender and aggressiveness seems to be very complex. In the
present study, therefore, the relationships between general anger/aggression and driver
anger/aggression ... paper were collected as a part of a large survey of aggressive driving in ...

 

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The “genetics” of driving behavior: parents' driving style predicts their children's driving style

A Bianchi… - Accident Analysis and Prevention, 2004 - Elsevier
... by the results of Carlson and Klein (1970), indicating a positive relationship between fathers ... such
as speeding, that is specially predictive of accident involvement in young drivers ( Parker et ... scale
into two parts: ordinary violations such as speeding, and aggressive violations or ...

 

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Cross-cultural differences in driving behaviours: A comparison of six countries

T Özkan, T Lajunen, JE Chliaoutakis… - … Research Part F: Traffic …, 2006 - Elsevier
... of the present study was to investigate the applicability of the three-factor structure (aggressive
violations, ordinary violations, and errors) of the Manchester Driver Behaviour Questionnaire ... study
was to evaluate the role of driving styles in the relationship between traffic ...

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What causes the differences in driving between young men and women? The effects of gender roles and sex on young drivers' driving behaviour and self-assessment …

T Özkan, T Lajunen - Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology …, 2006 - Elsevier
... and aggressive violations when combined with a low level of femininity. Moreover, Özkan and
Lajunen (2005b) found out that young male and masculine drivers drove more than other groups.
Even though the relationship between sex, gender, exposure, and driving style have ...

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Enhanced presence in driving simulators using autonomous traffic with virtual personalities

S Wright, NJ Ward… - Presence: Teleoperators & Virtual …, 2002 - MIT Press
... To represent these observations, the model as- sumes a linear relationship, then relates speed
reduction to the mean speed driven (so speed reduction with age becomes less significant at
lower speeds). Aggression. ... Male drivers are typically more aggressive than are ...

 

Note: Good idea. Try gender reversal in driving to see how it influences behavior.

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[PDF] A review of the literature on aggressive driving research

[PDF] from stopandgo.orgL Tasca - … on Aggressive Driving Issues. http://www. aggressive. …, 2000 - stopandgo.org
... pedestrian crossing situation.
Based on behaviour during the interview, only 11.3
per cent of these
drivers were rated as aggressive. The interview also included
items on the respondent's life style and environment. A factor ...

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Personality and behavioral predictors of traffic accidents: testing a contextual mediated model

N Sümer - Accident Analysis & Prevention, 2003 - Elsevier
... personality characteristics, such as risk taking, sensation seeking, and aggressive tendencies
(for ... a mediational model assuming that aberrant driving behaviors mediate the relationship
between sensation ... and injury outcome, [Kim et al., 1995] found that driver behavior and ...

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A framework for modeling human-like driving behaviors for autonomous vehicles in driving simulators

T Al-Shihabi… - … of the fifth international conference on …, 2001 - portal.acm.org
... Figure 1 shows the architecture of the driving framework and the relationship between our
framework and the simulator's ... not enough to a novice one, and a vehicle speed that is
unsatisfactory to an aggressive driver might be high or even dangerous to a conservative driver. ...

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Predictors of women's aggressive driving behavior

B Krahe - Aggressive behavior, 2005 - Wiley Online Library
... Aggression, violence, and vengeance among male and female drivers.
Transportation Quarterly
56:65–75.
... Gender differences and gender-related constructs in dating aggression. ... Predicting
aggressive driving behavior: The role of macho personality, age, and power of car. ...

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Risk for DWI: A new look at gender differences in drinking and driving influences, experiences, and attitudes among new adolescent drivers

JA Farrow, P Brissing - Health Education & Behavior, 1990 - heb.sagepub.com
... Boys initiated dating at a younger age than girls and more often attended auto speed ... that they
would likely drink or would have been drinking during such reckless driving activity. More male
drivers indicated that there would likely be no consequences (crash, injury, parental ...

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Individual differences in self-presentation style: Driving an automobile and meeting a stranger

JF Bassett, KL Cate… - Self and Identity, 2002 - informaworld.com
... incongruent to associate self-presentation style with driving behavior because drivers are largely ...
as those who wanted to be seen as exemplary and upstanding reporting less aggressive driving. ...
Future research might use archival records such as personal dating ads or college ...

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Evaluation of cognitive responses to anger-provoking driving situations using the Articulated Thoughts during Simulated Situations procedure

SM Nesbit… - … Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and …, 2010 - Elsevier
... with anger travel the same amount (with regard to both distance and time) as low anger drivers.
However, studies show that they are 2.5–3.0 times more likely to become angry while driving,
are 3.5–4.0 times more likely to be physically and/or verbally aggressive, and are 1.5 ...

 

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[PDF] Peer-to-peer network invites drivers to get connected

[PDF] from issnaf.orgL Parker - 2008 - issnaf.org
... Gerla says the benefits of such a network are numerous: "There will be immediate benefits in
driving safety as well as ... "The drivers enamoured with ... But it's true that less aggressive drivers,
probably a sizeable fraction of the population, will be reluctant to embrace the technology ...

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Predictors of women's aggressive driving behavior

B Krahe - Aggressive behavior, 2005 - Wiley Online Library
... Gender differences and gender-related constructs in dating aggression.
Pers Soc Psychol Bullet
28:1106–1118.
Kraheę B. 2001. The social psychology of aggression. Hove: Psychology Press.
Kraheę B, Fenske I. 2002. Predicting aggressive driving behavior: The role of macho ...

 

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Autistic kids learn to fly in cyberspace (virtual locomotion)

[PDF] Effectiveness of virtual reality for teaching pedestrian safety

[PDF] from aprioriresearch.comJ McComas, M MacKay… - CyberPsychology & Behavior, 2002 - aprioriresearch.com
... program literature is that skills training is gen- erally effective in improving child pedestrian
behavior, particularly in those programs that include practical training opportunities in a re- alistic
learning environment and use repetition to promote skill acquisition.4–6 Recommenda ...
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[PDF] Self-organizing pedestrian movement

[PDF] from psu.eduD Helbing, P Molnar, IJ Farkas… - Environment and planning B, 2001 - Citeseer
... films. Despite the sometimes more or less `chaotic' appearance of individual
pedestrian behavior, one can find regularities, some of which become most visible
in the time-lapse films such as the ones produced by Arns (1993). ...
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Teaching pedestrian safety skills to young children: an analysis and one-year followup

[PDF] from nih.govWH Yeaton… - Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1978 - ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
... problems involving safety-deficient settings.
DESCRIPTORS: pedestrian
behavior,safety, instructional package, in-vivo training, followup, community problems,
multiple baseline, elementary school children A recent trend in ...
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[BOOK] Measuring Pedestrian Behavior

MH Jones - 1980 - pubsindex.trb.org
... MEASURING PEDESTRIAN BEHAVIOR.
Accession Number: ... The lack of criterion measure of
pedestrian performance may, in part, account for the relative neglect of pedestrian safety. The
measure developed here is based on observation of pedestrian behavior in normal traffic. ...
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[HTML] The roles of age, gender, inhibitory control, and parental supervision in children's pedestrian safety

[HTML] from oxfordjournals.orgBK Barton, DC Schwebel - Journal of pediatric psychology, 2007 - Soc Ped Psychology
... Research on the role of inhibitory control on children's pedestrian behavior is sparse and reliant
primarily on cognitive measures of inhibitory control (eg, Briem & Bengtsson, 2000; Pless et al.,
1995), but the present findings—that uninhibited ... Conflict of Interest: None declared. ...
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[PDF] Real-time video analysis of pedestrians to support agent simulation of people behavior

[PDF] from versiert.infoO Junker, V Strauss, R Majer… - Fifth International Conference …, 2010 - versiert.info
... Airport Research Center GmbH* 52066 Aachen, Germany olaf.junker@arc-aachen.
de verena.strauss@arc-aachen.de ... Within a laboratory one room model pedestrian
behavior is monitored and analyzed by video cameras. ...
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Safety Effects of Marked versus Unmarked Crosswalks at Uncontrolled Locations: Analysis of Pedestrian Crashes in 30 Cities

CV Zegeer, JR Stewart, H Huang… - … Record: Journal of the …, 2001 - Trans Res Board
... JR Stewart, and H. Huang, Highway Safety Research Center, Uni- versity of North Carolina, CB #
3430, 730 Airport Road, Chapel Hill ... tend to con- tradict the “false sense of security” claims
attributed to marked cross- walks, since observed pedestrian behavior actually improved ...
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Walking as a means of transportation for retired people

FM Carp - The Gerontologist, 1971 - gerontologist.oxfordjournals.org
... The three variables in com- bination account for.more of the variance in pedestrian behavior
than does any one alone or the combination of any two of them (r = .58). ... One drawing showed
a crowded city intersection with complex signal lights and many other directional signs. ...
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[PDF] IMPROVING THE PEDESTRIANS'EXPERIENCE IN

[PDF] from esf.eduXIN ZHANG - 2007 - esf.edu
... galleries, and art studios.
As cars have been introduced into daily life, streets in SoHo
have become crowded with increasing amounts of traffic. However, in this historic
neighborhood, the traffic is not the only problem SoHo faces. ...
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ACDelco Launches Program to Empower Women Drivers 

"Crash Vehicle" Promotes Safe Driving - The Hazards of Distracted Driving

Sorry? Thankful? You can say it with a sign in your car's rear window

Toyota Announced New Virtual Reality Simulator at the Daytona 500

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Op-ed: Diverging trends for distracted driving

As we've covered distracted driving over the years, people have often suggested that smart phones that would automatically turn off while a car is in operation would be a great solution to the problem. This morning I was happy to read a post on The Infrastructurist that reviewed several such apps. Turns out that Sprint introduced an app (aptly) called "Drive First" that's set to come out later this year.

While I'm happy to see these apps and LaHood's continued focus on this issue, my good feelings were hampered by news from the auto industry's latest arms race. Here's a snip from a disturbing Yahoo News story:

    "Analysts say consumers are warming to the notion of more connectivity in their cars, with "apps" for information and entertainment just as they have with their smartphones or tablet computers.

    "Initially, putting Internet access in the car sounds like a distraction and frivolous but as time passes it will become a part of our lives and we will feel uncomfortable not having access," said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecoms analyst.

 

    "I think this is going to grow into a vibrant sector.""

 

Seems to me LaHood's efforts and trends in the auto industry are heading in directly opposite directions. As America's traffic safety watchdog, LaHood is in a great position to use his commitment to road safety as leverage on both telecoms and the auto industry.

 

President Obama is currently contemplating a mega-merger between AT&T and T-Mobile. While I'd rather not see that merger happen at all, perhaps LaHood can use the potential deal as an opportunity for leverage; as in, if they merge, the companies must agree to major funding of distracted driving prevention efforts. On a similar note, perhaps LaHood and Obama could use their bailout of the auto industry as leverage to reign in the cars-as-rolling-smartphones trend.

 

With powerful lobbies, getting anything out of telecoms and the auto industry wouldn't be easy; but distracted driving is quickly becoming an "epidemic" (in LaHood's own words), and left to their own devices, I'm afraid corporations might get distracted by profits.

http://bikeportland.org/2011/03/28/op-ed-diverging-trends-for-distracted-driving-50306

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Sayville News - ‎3 minutes ago

The car will be on display as an example of hazardous distracted driving. Additionally, in a collaborative effort that will span two ESBOCES campuses, students from seven career programs, Law Enforcement, Auto Technology, Auto Body, ...

http://www.drdriving.org/pedestrians/index.htm

DrDriving's research shows that the pedestrian aggressiveness syndrome is made of the following 15 pedestrian behaviors. This Scale can indicate how aggressive you are as a pedestrian and what type of pedestrian personality makeover you need. Ask yourself how many of these bad pedestrian behaviors apply to you on a regular basis.

  1. feeling stress and impatience when walking in a crowded area (crosswalk, staircase, mall, store, airport, street, beach, park, etc.)
  2. having denigrating thoughts about other pedestrians
  3. acting in a hostile manner (staring, presenting a mean face, moving faster or closer than expected)z
  4. walking much faster than the rest of the people
  5. not yielding when it's the polite thing to do (insisting on going first)
  6. walking on the left of a crowded passageway where most pedestrians walk on the right
  7. muttering at other pedestrians
  8. bumping into others
  9. not apologizing when expected (after bumping by accident or coming very close in attempting to pass)
  10. making insulting gestures
  11. hogging or blocking the passageway, acting uncaring or unaware
  12. walking by a slower moving pedestrian and cutting back too soon (feels hostile or rude)
  13. expressing pedestrian rage against a driver (like insulting or throwing something)
  14. feeling enraged at other pedestrians and enjoying thoughts of violence
  15. feeling competitive with other pedestrians

These 15 bad behaviors define the pedestrian aggressiveness syndrome. They are all significantly intercorrelated. This means that if you do one of them regularly, you will also do many of the other 14 on a regular basis. You need a pedestrian personality overhaul--see above.

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March 22, 2011   Sprint blocks distracted driving on Android

Drive First is an Android app that uses GPS technology to calculate the speed at which you are traveling, automatically locking down distracting features when it thinks you are driving. When activated, Drive First directs all calls to voicemail, auto responds to incoming text messages telling the sender that you're unavailable, and blocks all except three mobile applications of your choice, such as music and navigation apps.

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Sprint Announces Anti-Distracted Driving App

Mobiledia - Margaret Rock - ‎3 hours ago

Sprint announced a new anti-distracted driving service this week, amid concerns from parents and lawmakers about growing mobile device use in cars.

Sprint Drive First to combat distracted driving IntoMobile

Sprint Goes After Distracted Drivers, Launches Drive First App [Sprint ... TFTS (blog)

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