If You See A Long Red Light On Your City Street, Here Is The Meaning
Marilyn Caylor 4/6/2017
Easy access to smartphones means that people can text, play games, or get on Facebook anytime they want. But, in the process of becoming engrossed in the online world, people tend to forget that the real world is still a dangerous place.
That danger is inherent in smartphone technology - it's created a new breed of human that interacts with the environment in unexpected, non-logical ways. These smartphone zombies are just an accident waiting to happen!
Thankfully, certain cities have been working hard to counteract the effects of this new affliction with "mindlessness."
Depending on where you live, you might see a strange new light on the sidewalk. Keep reading to find out what it means, and how it can save lives. Wow, I had no clue.
People have been walking upright since the dawn of time. Although walking itself is a no-brainer, it doesn't come without its risks. Distraction can sometimes mean the difference between life and death, especially if you're about to cross paths with a huge semi-truck!
But, that's why traffic laws were created - it keeps everyone safe. If you dart into the road when the traffic light is still red, you may very well end up as a red dot on the pavement.
None of us would consciously make that choice, but it's hard to keep your wits about you if you're too busy playing Candy Crush on your phone.
Instead of trying to force people to change their smartphone habits, the Dutch have found a brilliant way to deal with people that won't look up.
They put traffic lights where they're already looking - on the ground.
Bodegraven, a town in the Netherlands, has installed LED light strips in the sidewalk at pedestrian crossings. It's synchronized to change colors with the traffic signals, which serves as an immediate warning to stop walking if the light is red!
The lights are currently installed at a single intersection, but its location is crucial - it's close to three different schools. It goes without saying that young teens and adults make up the majority of the smartphone zombie population.
If this pilot project is successful, the strips of light will be rolled out to additional locations around the city.
The Netherlands isn't the only country to have this cool new technology. The German city of Augsburg has installed similar lights into the pavement. Sadly, the lights weren't in place when a 15-year-old teenager met a tragic end.
The poor girl was killed at a tram crossing because she wasn't paying attention to her surroundings. She had her headphones on and was looking down at her smartphone when she was hit.
If anything, the accident proves how important it is for this technology to become standard at all pedestrian crossings.
Watch this video to see these new lights in action.
The siren call of the smartphone is a temptation that some people just can't seem to resist. It's hard to change people's habits, so changing the environment seems like a much better solution! Hopefully this technology will spread to other cities around the world.