City embeds traffic lights in sidewalk for smartphone users

cityIt’s only been a matter of weeks since a 15-year-old girl in Germany was hit, dragged, and killed by a tram while she was distracted by her smartphone and headphones, but the nearby city of Augsburg has decided to take action.

Citing two similar, though not lethal, incidents of distracted pedestrians hit by quiet electric street trains, the town has installed traffic lights in the ground to catch the attention of those looking down at their phones when a tram is approaching.

The lights began operating at two tram stops last week, reports the Local. “The normal traffic light isn’t in the line of sight of many pedestrians these days,” Tobias Harms of city administration tells the German-language Augsburger Allgemeine, per the Local.  Source