Israeli city installs LED Strip ‘zombie traffic lights’ to force pedestrians to look up from their smartphones

An Israeli city has installed LED ‘zombie traffic lights’ in the hope it will force pedestrians to look up from their smartphones while crossing the road.

Officials in Tel Aviv embedded the stoplights in the ground at a busy crosswalk as part of a bid to improve road safety.

Similar systems have already been used in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands.

An Israeli city has installed LED 'zombie traffic lights' to force pedestrians to look up from their smartphones

An Israeli city has installed LED ‘zombie traffic lights’ to force pedestrians to look up from their smartphones

Officials in Tel Aviv embedded the stoplights in the ground at a busy crosswalk as part of a bid to improve road safety

Officials in Tel Aviv embedded the stoplights in the ground at a busy crosswalk as part of a bid to improve road safety

The municipality installed the so-called ‘zombie traffic lights’ on Monday aiming to minimise accidents between vehicles and inattentive pedestrians.

Tomer Dror, head of Traffic Management Division at the Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, says the aim is to reduce accidents caused by ‘pedestrians that are focused too much on the smartphone, and less on the traffic around them.’

Dror says the idea is to ‘put the road into their eyes.’

Finally, LED strips have been installed on the pavement at a busy junction in Tel Aviv, Israel, to prevent people glued to their smartphone screens from wandering onto the road and being hit by traffic.

For now, the pilot programme is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv, but the municipality says it will expand the zombie lights if it proves effective.

The municipality installed the so-called 'zombie traffic lights' on Monday aiming to minimise accidents between vehicles and inattentive pedestrians at crosswalks

The municipality installed the so-called ‘zombie traffic lights’ on Monday aiming to minimise accidents between vehicles and inattentive pedestrians at crosswalks

For now, the pilot programme is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv, but the municipality says it will expand the zombie lights if it proves effective

For now, the pilot programme is limited to a single intersection in central Tel Aviv, but the municipality says it will expand the zombie lights if it proves effective

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