And finally… German city installs floor-based traffic lights for smartphone-addicted pedestrians

smombie2Smartphone addiction is so bad in the German city of Augsburg that youngsters are now so engrossed in their phones that they’re entirely oblivious to pedestrian crossings.

After two seriously close escapes during which people stepped into the path of an oncoming tram the city council decided something needed to be done.

It installed new traffic lights in the floor after realising that if they could make people look up they were just going to have to move the lights to where their attentions were now focused: down at their phones.

City spokeswoman, Stephanie Lermen, told German site N-TV: “The embedded lights create a whole new level of attention.”

The inception of the lights come after a girl was tragically killed in Munich just a few months ago after it transpired she was looking at her smartphone with her headphones in.

Designated pavement lanes for texters were introduced in the Chinese city of Chongqing and at a US university.

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