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At last, there’s no need to ever look up.
By
Mikey Nicholson

27 Apr 2016 - 4:08 PM  UPDATED 28 Apr 2016 - 2:26 PM

If you’re the type of person who has no time for traffic lights because you’re too busy catching up on the latest Beyoncé snaps, then perhaps the German city of Augsburg is for you.

The city has recently installed traffic lights on the foot path so that walking-while-texting phone users (aka EVERYONE) can keep looking at their phone and still cross the road safely. 

A spokesperson for the city told told Germany's N-TV that the lights create "a whole new level of attention."

In Australia, texting while walking is having a real impact on pedestrian car-related accidents. Dr Tony Garbs, from St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney, told ABC 7:30 in 2014, “You only have to walk out on the street and see what people are doing to see that this is a real problem," he said. "People need to be aware of the risk - it only takes a split second to be hit by a car.”

 

Are footpath traffic lights the only way forward or should we drag ourselves away from checking out selfies when crossing the road?