Pedestrian lights in the ground can be en route to prevent mobile phone addicts from entering the traffic

New impetus for pedestrians in the ground to prevent mobile phone addicts from taking the path of incoming traffic

  • Adelaide is looking at the introduction of underground illuminated lights to improve pedestrian safety
  • Technology is intended to prevent people from getting into traffic while watching phones
  • Sydney and Melbourne have both experimented with the technology in the past
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The latest experiment with underground pedestrian lights in Australia can be tested in Adelaide because the council is looking at how people can prevent them from stepping into traffic while looking at their phones.

The Adelaide City Council and the South State Government have discussed a possible test with red and green lights in the ground to improve pedestrian safety.

The council is preparing tomorrow morning for the motion on whether the lights in the city should be tested.

Cr Rob Simms, who introduced the movement, thinks technology is necessary because of the constant evolution of mobile phones.

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The Adelaide City Council and the South State Government have discussed a possible test with red and green lights in the ground to improve pedestrian safety.

The Adelaide City Council and the South State Government have discussed a possible test with red and green lights in the ground to improve pedestrian safety.

The new technology would be aimed at mobile phone users who & # 39; are not as attentive as they could be on our roads & # 39 ;, said Cr Rob Simms of Adelaide City Council

The new technology would be aimed at mobile phone users who & # 39; are not as attentive as they could be on our roads & # 39 ;, said Cr Rob Simms of Adelaide City Council

The new technology would be aimed at mobile phone users who & # 39; are not as attentive as they could be on our roads & # 39 ;, said Cr Rob Simms of Adelaide City Council

& # 39; With the changes in technology and phones that continue to evolve and are more distracting, we see that pedestrians are less attentive than on our roads, & # 39; Cr Simms told Adelaide Now.

& # 39; That is of course very dangerous and we need to do what we can to improve safety & security, & he said.

Sydney and Melbourne have experimented with the lighting system in the past.

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The New South Wales government tested the technology for $ 250,000 for six months in 2016 at the intersection of Goulburn and Pitt Streets and Dixon and Hay Streets in the CBD.

But it has decided not to introduce the technology permanently because of the significant cost of installing it, and because other, more traditional, methods such as increased signage may be more cost effective.

A version of the in-ground lights (photo) was installed in Melbourne in 2017

A version of the in-ground lights (photo) was installed in Melbourne in 2017

A version of the in-ground lights (photo) was installed in Melbourne in 2017

Four sets of lights were also installed on the corner of Swanston and Little Collins streets, in Melbourne, for a price of around $ 120,000.

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If the motion is implemented tomorrow night, a report on the proposal would be submitted to the Adelaide City Council by the end of 2020.

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