Wednesday, September 28

Hong Kong places traffic lights on the ground for “zombies” with cell phones | Digital Trends Spanish

The Hong Kong government wants to take care of its citizens, especially that mass of “zombies” who are absorbed looking at their cell phones while they go down the street. Therefore, they have decided to place traffic lights on the ground.

Bloomberg reports that, »authorities have installed led lights that bathe the crossing points in a red glow. The hope is that people looking at their devices will see the sidewalk lit up and be reminded to stop.”

“With the increasing popularity of smartphones, some of these pedestrians are distracted,” said Alex Au, the Department of Transport’s chief engineer for traffic control. The lights are an additional means of reminding pedestrians, “especially those looking at their mobile phones,” not to cross.

The number of pedestrians killed on Hong Kong’s roads has fallen in the past three years, from 57 in 2019 to 55 last year, or 0.74 per 100,000 people. That compares to a pedestrian fatality rate of 1.4 per 100,000 people in New York State in 2019.

Hendrik Tieben, director of the School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, welcomed the essay but warned that multiple crossing points across the city that are unsigned remain a source of danger.

“One of my biggest questions is the risk of pedestrians with cell phones at unsealed crossings,” said Tieben, a local advocate for lowering the speed limit to 20 mph on streets where pedestrians and cyclists mix. with the traffic. “Those are the most dangerous.”

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