Seoul’s new trade signs advise of a dangers of texting while walking


The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced trade and walking signs alerting a risk of regulating smartphones while walking on a street, shortly to be commissioned in 5 areas of a South Korean capital.

The reserve campaign, implemented together with a National Police Agency, privately targets kids, teenagers and immature adults, a categorical users of smartphones in a country.

“The 5 areas where a commander plan will be implemented are Hongdae, City Hall, Yonsei University, Gangnam Station, and Jamsil Station, where there are many accidents and pedestrians in their 10-30s,” a Seoul Metropolitan Government website states.

Here is what those signs will demeanour like:

Seoul reserve signs for smartphone users. (Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government website)

Seoul reserve signs for smartphone users. (Source: Seoul Metropolitan Government website)

With a population of 50.8 million, South Korea has a top smartphone tenure rate worldwide, according to statistics published by Pew Research Center in 2016. The fact that a nation is also one of a many active smartphone manufacturers in a universe is not a fluke – it’s a domicile of LG Electronics, not to discuss Samsung Electronics in Suwon, south of a capital.

“I saw many people regulating smartphones while walking and commuting, though we don’t consider it’s only Korea,” pronounced Jenny Lee, who had been vital in Seoul for a past 5 years before enrolling in a university in Illinois. “People in a U.S. are also similar,” she added.

The materialisation of walking and texting, sadly, is substantially zero new to anyone who frequently uses open transportation. To forestall accidents, other cities in Asia, in Europe and in a U.S. launched identical initiatives.

In 2013, mobile phone conduit NTT Docomo plastered a yellow warning all over a staircase in Tokyo, reading “Walking while regulating a smartphone is dangerous.”

German city Augsburg experimented with trade lights embedded in a sidewalks, designed to be simply rescued by people looking down during their smartphones.

Utah Valley University, south of Salt Lake City, introduced a designated line for texting while walking in a gym.

Back in South Korea, a administration pronounced it hopes “the summary is done elementary and clear, so that a pedestrians who are mostly looking down during their smartphones can simply see it.”

Let’s hope.

Featured Image: Leonardo Patrizi/Getty Images