Instead of punishing people who text and walk, this German city is encouraging them
It’s happened to the best of us. We’re not proud of it, we’re trying to contain it, but sometimes, it’s inevitable. Admit it, when your crush finally answers your text, no matter where you are and what you’re doing, you’ll whip your phone out of your pocket and check to see then and there if you’ve got a chance at happiness.
But in New Jersey, such behavior might become illegal in addition to socially inacceptable while walking the city’s streets. Do it, and you’ll soon face a fine or even short jail sentence. If that feels a little harsh or counterproductive, perhaps you should look into relocating to… Germany.
Yes, the most proverbially rigid country in the world is actually bending the rules for a change, attempting to combat injuries caused by reckless walking in a very outside-the-box fashion. Instead of hunting down the criminals who cross the street while updating their Facebook status, the city of Augsburg brings traffic lights to their field of vision.
Following the tragic death of a 15-year-old local girl fixated on her smartphone, flashing red lights will now appear in the pavement at several tram stops. But will they be noticed? Can they grab the attention of a youngster with an invincibility belief and social media addiction? The elected officials of Bavaria’s third-largest town strongly think so, despite evidence to the contrary.
Source: The Washington Post