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Australia installs pavement traffic lights for mobile phone-distracted pedestrians

Traffic lights are being installed in pavements in Sydney to prevent accidents caused by pedestrians distracted by their phones.

Lights will be installed at five key crossings in the central business district in December as part of a six-month trial by the New South Wales government.

The “in-ground traffic-light technology”, which will shine red to indicate when it’s dangerous for pedestrians to cross the road, will cost A$250,000 (£125,244).

The executive director of the NSW Centre for Road Safety, Bernard Carlon, told 702 ABC Sydney that instances of pedestrians using smartphones while walking were “highly prevalent”.

“Just the tragedy of the number of pedestrians that have died on the road in the last 18 months, we’re looking at every opportunity to make the environment safer for pedestrians.”