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New Traffic Lights for Smombie Safety


(image: Seoul Metropolitan Government)

(image: Seoul Metropolitan Government)

SEOUL, May 11 (Korea Bizwire)The Seoul Metropolitan Government revealed yesterday that it is cooperating with the Road Traffic Authority to install traffic lights on the ground to help “smombies” avoid traffic accidents.

“Smombie” is a new phrase that combines “smartphone” and “zombie,” coined to denote people who use their smartphones while walking.

The first lights will be installed this month at the junctions at Sejongno and Seoul City Hall, where traffic lights will be linked to the ground signals.

In addition, 424 new signs that warn of smartphone use while walking will be installed at all major crossings with high foot traffic.

The Seoul government says that traffic accidents involving “smombies” grew 2.5-fold in five years, from 437 cases in 2009 to 1,111 in 2014.

Despite a slowing trend in the total number of traffic accident deaths, the percentage of pedestrian deaths has not fallen, which is why the local government has decided to implement the new measure.

A government official also said that cooperation is key in cutting down on traffic accidents. “Both drivers and pedestrians should work together so that the safety measures can be effective,” said Kang Jin-dong, a director overlooking traffic operations at the Seoul government.

H. S. Seo (hsseo@koreabizwire.com)

One thought on “New Traffic Lights for Smombie Safety

  1. Roshayesr

    The smombies it to be avoid some of traffic accidents and getting smart phone warn. The accidents are involving as smombies. The official step to be taken for this issue and governments take some action for this. The operations and good remedies is possible to reduce the accidents as more.Measure the effective and get more decision for that. You can post this types of information to the readers is nice and information are very clear to read. Thanks. I am also write some of plans and policies about reduce the road accidents in my magazine. Read with custom essay writing service

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