Council installs lights in ground for pedestrians who won’t look up from phones when crossing road

When the lights flash red, it indicates to pedestrians not to cross – and green for when they should

A town in Germany has installed traffic lights on the ground to serve as a warning for pedestrians using their phones.

Augsburg made the drastic move after a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a tram when she crossed the road without looking.

She was reportedly looking down at her phone at the time.

The lights look like cats eyes but are flat, and are dotted at the edge of roads.

When they flash red, it indicates to pedestrians not to cross – and green for when they should.

German council introduces in-ground lights for pedestrians who won't look up from their phones
A woman waits as the lights flash red (Photo: Augsburger)

According to German publication N-TV, a spokesman for the city said: “It creates a whole new level of attention.”

A researcher for DEKRA Accident Research said around 17 percent of people use their smartphones in road traffic, reports the Telegraph.

German council introduces in-ground lights for pedestrians who won't look up from their phones
The lights were introduced in the hopes of stopping mobile phone-related accidents (Photo: Augsburger)

Clemens Klinke said: “One incident in Stockholm made a particular impression.

“A young girl stood in the middle of the road, got her phone out and started texting.

“It wasn’t until a bus driver sounded his horn that she realised where she was standing.”

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