Contributors to pedestrian distraction and risky behaviours during road crossings in Romania

In Romania, pedestrians account for nearly 40% of all traffic-related fatalities, the highest number in Eastern Europe and more than ten times that of the best performing countries. This article explores the factors that contribute to the high number of pedestrian fatalities in Romania. The authors use administrative data and on-site observations to identify environmental, pedestrian and driver factors in pedestrian motor vehicle crashes (PMVC) in Cluj County, Romania in 2010. They focus particularly on how traffic safety features and environmental factors impact the rate of pedestrian distraction and pedestrian risky behaviors. Pedestrian distraction, predominantly due to electronic device use, is found to occur at a rate of 6.3 per 100 pedestrians. Risky behavior is found to occur at a rate of 24.3 per 100 pedestrians and includes unpredictable, partial crosswalk use and midblock illegal crossings. The authors' findings also show a reduction in the number of distractions and risky behaviors with the increase in the number of pedestrians and average vehicle speeds at a particular site. They suggest that measures aimed at the prevention of pedestrian distraction could significantly reduce the number of PMVCs in Romania.


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  • Accession Number: 01683931
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2018 3:56PM