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New traffic lights could save lives of German smartphone users

German city attempts to prevent mobile users in Germany from accidentally walking out into traffic.

The German city of Augsburg has taken new measures to protect its smartphone-using residents from inadvertently ignoring red traffic lights and walking out onto a busy road by installing new traffic lights directly embedded into the pavement. The hope is that German smartphone users, who are constantly looking down at their phones, will take notice of these lights and pay more attention to their surroundings.

A growing number of pedestrians are risking their safety due to phone distraction.

According to The Washington Post, a survey that was recently conducted in several European cities, including Berlin, discovered that nearly 20% of pedestrians failed to observe the traffic signal change because they were distracted by their smartphones. The survey also found that younger mobile users who more likely to risk their safety to take a quick look at their Facebook or WhatsApp.

Traffic Light in Germany - German Smartphone UsersThat being said, this is not only a problem in Europe. The United States Department of Transportation has found a clear link between smartphone users distracted by their device and an increase in pedestrian death. According to a University of Washington study, 1 in 3 Americans is either busy working or texting on a smartphone at dangerous road crossings.

Will installing these lights to protect German smartphone users be worth it?

Not everyone agrees that it is. The German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported that some commentators have said that they feel taxpayers’ money was wasted on the project. Another paper, Augsburger Allgemeine revealed that one young pedestrian who was asked about the lights by reporters said that he hadn’t even noticed them until the reporters had drawn his attention to them.

However, an Augsburg city spokesperson Stephanie Lermen said about the new traffic lights that they “create a whole new level of attention.” She believes the money used to install the lights was wisely spent.

What prompted the idea to install these traffic lights was the death of a teen girl, who was killed by a tram. Police reports stated that the 15-year-old had been distracted by her smartphone as she crossed the tracks.

The number of pedestrians putting their safety at risk because they’re distracted by their mobile phones appears to be a growing trend around the globe. It won’t be surprising if more measures, like the one Augsburg put into place for its German smartphone users, begin to pop up in other parts of the world to help solve this increasing problem.

Mobile technology may not be as safe as previously thought

A new study has identified health risks from wireless devices such as smartphones and tablets.

The results of a new study have now been released in a report that is now cautioning the users of mobile technology that the health risks may be worse than they think, and that these risks are becoming more powerful

The report said that using smartphones and tablets is not as healthy as had been thought and that immediate action is needed.

This mobile technology study was conducted by the BioInitiative Working Group, and its report was based on an analysis of the studies that have been conducted on the subject from 2012 through to this year. What they found was that the more recent studies have shown increased medical concerns regarding the increased risk of malignant brain tumors as a result of the use of cell phones.

This mobile technology analysis conflicts with other single studies that have recently been conducted.

However, this research takes several studies into account, not just one. According to Lennart Hardell, from Sweden’s Orebro University, “There is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumour) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones.” He also went on to point out that epidemiological evidence has suggested that radiofrequency should be considered to be a carcinogen among humans. Hardell stated that the current ICNIRP and FCC/IEEE public safety limits are not provide adequate protection for public health.health- mobile technology

The report from BioInitiative showed that 68 percent of the studies that had been conducted on radiofrequency radiation (which means 144 studies out of the total 211) indicated that there was a connection between that tech and nervous system effects.

Moreover, within 90 percent of the 105 studies that were available in 2014, it was shown that very low frequency radiation had effects on the nervous system. In 74 out of the 114 studies (65 percent) it was shown that radiofrequency radiation could cause damage to DNA, in the extremely low frequency wireless and mobile technology studies. These devices can range from phones to tablets and are – according to the report – leading to unnecessary physical and mental stress that will gradually resilience.