Phone zombies now have pavement lights to keep them out of traffic

Phone zombies now have pavement lights to keep them out of traffic as LED strips in Tel Aviv glow green or red to signal when pedestrians can cross

  • Glowing LED pavement strips are installed near a busy junction in Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Locals who cannot tear themselves away from phones welcomed the measure
  • Authorities said they will expand the scheme across the city if it proves effective

A city has seen the light when it comes to tackling the menace of ‘zombie’ mobile phone users.

Glowing LED strips have been installed on the pavement at a busy junction to prevent pedestrians glued to their screens from wandering into the road and getting knocked down by traffic.

The lights in Israel’s second city, Tel Aviv, turn red to tell walkers they should halt and green when it is safe for them to cross.

Tel Aviv resident Shai Levi said: ‘As someone who is addicted to his phone and is all day long with his head glued on the screen, I think that it can reduce the number of accidents’ [File photo]

Tomer Dror, the local head of traffic management, said: ‘We cannot force them to take their eyes out of the smartphone and into the road. We need to find ways to put the road into their eyes.’ 

And the authorities say they will expand the crossing scheme across the city if it proves effective.

Locals who cannot tear themselves away from phones have welcomed the road safety measure, which has also been trialled in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands.


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Tel Aviv resident Shai Levi said: ‘As someone who is addicted to his phone and is all day long with his head glued on the screen, I think that it can reduce the number of accidents.’

Haley Danino, another pedestrian, said: ‘It’s a bit sad, no? We all look down all the time.’

 Locals who cannot tear themselves away from phones have welcomed the road safety measure, which has also been trialled in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands

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