Mary Lynn Buonarosa

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INTRODUCTION This study compared the conspicuity of three types of first-responder safety garments (NFPA 1971-2007 turnout gear coats, and ANSI/ISEA 107 and 207 safety vests). METHOD Participants drove instrumented vehicles on a closed track during both daytime and nighttime, indicating when they could first detect pedestrians in a simulated emergency(More)
INTRODUCTION This study examines the effects of high-visibility garment design on daytime pedestrian conspicuity in work zones. Factors assessed were garment color, amount of background material, pedestrian arm motion, scene complexity, and driver age. METHOD The study was conducted in naturalistic conditions on public roads in real traffic. Drivers drove(More)
INTRODUCTION Crash warning systems have been shown to provide safety benefits, but no studies have examined how teenagers respond. This study sought to find out whether young, inexperienced drivers change behavior in response to warnings. METHODS Forty 16-17 year-olds drove an instrumented vehicle equipped with a system that warned for lane departures and(More)
INTRODUCTION Negative reinforcement from crash warnings may reduce the likelihood that drivers engage in distracted driving. Alternatively, drivers may compensate for the perceived safety benefit of crash warnings by engaging in distractions more frequently, especially at higher speeds. The purpose of this study was to examine whether warning feedback from(More)
PROBLEM Teens and young drivers are often reported as one driver group that has significantly lower seatbelt use rates than other age groups. OBJECTIVE This study was designed to address the questions of whether and how seatbelt-use behavior of novice teen drivers is different from young adult drivers and other adult drivers when driving on real roads. (More)
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