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Extent of mobile phone use by pedestrians on controlled crossings in central Hobart, Tasmania

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Pharo, E ORCID: 0000-0001-8863-3416 2019 , 'Extent of mobile phone use by pedestrians on controlled crossings in central Hobart, Tasmania' , Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety, vol. 30, no. 1 , pp. 14-19 , doi: 10.33492/JACRS-D-18-00005.

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Abstract

Pedestrian phone use was recorded for 16,032 people over 70 hours on 10 signalised crossings in central Hobart, Tasmania.On average, 12.4% were using their phones while crossing: 4.6% were looking down at their phone to read or type, 2.3% were talking and another 5.5% were listening to headphones.At busy crossings, as many as 158 people per hour were looking down at their phones to read or type as they crossed the road, including on steady red with conflicting motor vehicle movements.These results suggest various levels of cognitive and visual impairment while on the roadway, although further work is required to determine how this behaviour might link to the crash risk.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Pharo, E
Keywords: pedestrian, transport, road safety, crash risk, mobile phones
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the Australasian College of Road Safety
Publisher: Australasian College of Road Safety
ISSN: 1832-9497
DOI / ID Number: 10.33492/JACRS-D-18-00005
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