Tuesday, January 18, 2022

LED Lights Installed in Pavement At Crosswalk to Guide People Glued to Their Phones

LED lights on street

*Have you ever caught yourself glued to your smartphone while you’re walking down the street, or into a store?

One of my kids recently told me that I need to learn how to walk and text at the same time.  “You’d get more done,” she advised.

I passed on the lesson, but later learned that pedestrian injuries and deaths are up in recent years, and some have attributed that rise to the increased use of smartphones.

Well, a Dutch town has come up with a innovation solution to curb the behavior of these “cell phone zombies”:  installing LED lights in the pavement to catch pedestrians’ attention and let them know it’s safe to cross the street.   

Now, this is where my past behavior deviates from these folks.  I’ve glanced at my phone, looked at a text or pulled up a shopping list or something.  But I’m never so engaged with my iPhone that I risk walking out into traffic, like they’re doing in the town of Bodegraven, in central Holland.

Read more at EURThisNthat.

 

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