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Footpath lights installed in Melbourne to warn pedestrians glued to their phones

In a sign that we are all too engrossed in our mobile phones, lights are set to be installed on Melbourne footpaths, warning people they’re approaching a red light.

The lights are there to remind pedestrians to look up to avoid being hit by a car.

See them in action below… and yes, they are on! 

In an Ideas Factory last year the Lord Mayor labelled the move ridiculous, but Roads Minister Luke Donnellan has told 3AW’s Mitchell the Government is going ahead with the $120,000, 12 month trial.

‘$120,000 is a drop in the ocean compared the damage when someone loses their lives, or their income, or their livelihood, the damage it does to the community,’ Donnellan told 3AW Mornings. 

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