Sydney to install street-level traffic lights for pedestrians

Published on : Wednesday, June 1, 2016

signalThe New South Wales state government is implementing a new method of traffic control system to ensure the security of the residents and tourists who always stick their noses in the screen of their phone while crossing the road.



The new ground level traffic lights will be installed in New South Wales as a trial. If the new lights prove to be successful, in that case several more will be installed throughout Sydney.



The recent initiative to avoid accidents and causalities is causing the state government $250,000. The ground-level traffic lights will be installed in five spots and will be tested for six months for its effectiveness.



Centre for Road Safety Executive Director, Bernard Carlon informed, “Pedestrians are less protected in a road crash, and are therefore more likely to be seriously injured or killed. This is why we need to create a road system that keeps them safe, and this includes situations when they may not be paying attention.”



Carlon also stated, “The lights are aimed at pedestrians using mobile phones who are not looking where they are walking. They will serve as another layer of warning on top of existing lights and signals.”



As per survey, 61 pedestrians got killed in 2015 because of road accidents caused by mobile phones. Hopefully the initiative will prove to be fruitful in future.

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