City installs floor traffic lights to help people who are using their cellphonesBy Mason White 2:44 AM April 25, 2016
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) People in Germany, can now stay safe while using a cellphone while walking.
The country has seen an increase in tragedies and avoidable accidents due to people being busy with smartphones.
The city of Augsburg, came up with an innovative way to keep pedestrians safe while they are occupied with their phones.
The city of Augsburg, decided it is time to act, and installed traffic lights on the floor to allow people who are looking down at their screens to avoid approaching trains.
The lights have so far been installed at two train stops in the city. The lights flash red when a train is approaching or when the crosswalk light turns red.
Tobias Harms, who is a spokesperson for the city, said that they realize the normal traffic light is not in the line of sight of many pedestrians these days.
“We decided to have an additional set of lights. The more we have, the more people are likely to notice them,” Harms said.
Many people were happy with the new lights and believe that they will help save lives of those who get distracted by their phones.
Others said that they find it scary that smartphone users are so addicted to the device that the city needed to install lights in the ground.
Sadly, one teenager admitted that he did not even notice the new lights. “To be honest I didn’t even notice it. Maybe it will be useful at night,” the teen said.