The Center for Connected Multimodal Mobility (C2M2) would like to thank Dr. Jennifer Ogle, Glenn Department of Civil Engineering Associate Chair, Clemson University, for taking part in our C2M2 Distinguished Speaker Series on October 29, 2020.
Assessment of Safety Benefits of Technologies to Reduce Pedestrian Crossing Fatalities at Midblock Locations
In the most recent 5-year reporting period (2014-2018), NHTSA reports that pedestrian fatalities in the U.S. have increased by 28%. In this talk, Dr. Ogle will provide a detailed characterization of pedestrian crashes to gain a complete understanding of the qualitative and quantitative aspects of these crashes. The pedestrian crash analysis follows two separate but related approaches, including a manual qualitative study of two years of fatal pedestrian crash reports from SCDPS, and a more significant, five-year analysis using an automated quantitative program stemming from the qualitative research. Findings from the detailed analysis of four primary pedestrian movements resulting in fatal or injury crashes will also be discussed.
Dr. Jennifer Ogle, Professor and Associate Chair of Civil Engineering at Clemson University, has over 24 years of combined research and academic experience in the fields of highway safety performance measurement, infrastructure design/management, human factors, accessibility and vulnerable road users, and advanced data collection methods. She received her Ph.D. in CE from Georgia Tech in civil and environmental engineering with a minor in engineering psychology and human factors.
Dr. Ogle has conducted research for NCHRP on new technologies for improving safety data, and multiple projects for SCDOT including asset data collection, proven safety measures, clear zones, and incident management initiatives. Dr. Ogle’s scholarship has advanced data accuracy and completeness through innovations in data collection techniques and technologies. She was also involved in the development of training materials, workshop activities, and co-facilitation of the inaugural Roadway Data Improvement Program (RDIP) technical transfer workshop, roundtable, and report-out activities with the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Her publications, based on extensive empirical data, have been used nationally to advocate for legislation against texting and driving, in South Carolina to support more stringent graduated licensing laws and relocation of trees in roadside clear zones, as well as to drive policy changes for more efficient and safer roadway infrastructure. Dr. Ogle is presently a member of the Highway Safety Performance Committee and Chair of the Joint Subcommittee on International Safety Performance Research for the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board. She has organized three international workshops in the last three years on transferring safety performance research to other developed nations as well as to lower and middle-income countries.