CRP Professor Jack Nasar Recognized for Research on the Dangers of Pedestrian Phone Use


City and Regional Professor Jack Nasar’s research on the dangers of pedestrian use of cell phones recently was recognized by CNN, the national news program CBS This Morning, and is the subject of an in-depth article by OSU’s College of Engineering. Nasar’s study was conducted with City and Regional Planning alumnus Derek Troyer (MCRP ’10), currently a transportation engineer at the Ohio Department of Transportation. Results of the study will appear in the August 2013 issue of the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention.

Nasar and Troyer analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System database, a resource compiled by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission, which collects emergency room injury data from 100 hospitals in the United States. Seven years of data (2004-2010) regarding injuries to pedestrians related to cell phone use in public areas was examined. Results show nearly a tripling of reported injuries during this period, from 559 in 2004 to 1,506 in 2010, despite the fact that the total number of pedestrians treated in emergency rooms over this period dropped from 97,000 to 41,000.

It is likely that the actual number of injuries related to cell phone use while walking is much higher. Data available for this study were limited to emergency room visits and, therefore, were unable to measure injuries to individuals who, for numerous reasons, did not go to an emergency room for treatment.

CNN's video report on the Nasar and Troyer research is available on its website. Visit the CBS This Morning website to view its video segment on the study. And read the full text article, Distracted Walking: Injuries Soar for Pedestrians on Phones, on the OSU College of Engineering website.

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