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The pavement lights helping guide pedestrians

16th Feb 17 1:43 pm

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Pavement lights have been installed in a Netherlands town to help smartphone users cross the road safely.

The tech is designed to catch a person’s attention if their looking down at their phone, the colour of the light also changes to match traffic signals.

Councillor Kees Oskam, said the amount of time spent on games and social media has come “at the expense of attention to traffic”.

The Dutch road safety group VVN disagrees with the new move and said it “rewards bad behaviour”

Jose de Jong of VVN, the Dutch Traffic Safety Association, said: “It’s not a good idea to help mobile phone users look at their phones,”

“We don’t want people to use phones when they’re dealing with traffic, even when walking around.”

“People must always look around them, to check if cars are actually stopping at the red signals.”

The lights have only been installed on a trial basis at one crossing which is close to three schools in Bodegraven.

The company behind the tech would like to install the lights in more towns in the future.

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