While many law makers are prohibiting cell phone use on the roads, other local governments are acquiescing to their smartphone-addicted constituents by installing ground traffic lights. The region of New South Wales in Australia is embedding traffic lights into the ground in an effort to keep pedestrians safe, especially those with their eyes glued to their mobile devices and not in the direction they are travelling.
The ground traffic lights will be going in at five different intersections this year as part of a six month trial. In 2014-2015, pedestrian death rates rose 50% with a total of 61 casualties. The New South Wales government hope this measure will curb unnecessary loss of life.
As Germany has already implemented a similar initiative, this practice could be increasingly common, especially in cities with younger demographics.
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Ornamental Traffic Lights
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