Brits Pad Lamp Posts for ‘Safe-Texting’

Brick Lane made Britain’s first ‘Safe Text’ street with padded lampposts to prevent mobile phone injuries

Britain’s first ‘Safe Text’ street has been created complete with padded lampposts to protect millions of mobile phone users from getting hurt in street accidents while walking and texting.

Around one in ten careless Brits has suffered a “walk ‘n text” street injury in the past year through collisions with lampposts, bins and other pedestrians.

The 6.6million accidents have caused injuries ranging from mild knocks and embarrassing cuts and bruises through to broken noses, cheekbones and even a fractured skull.

Safe Text?

The article goes on to say that 2/3 of people concentrate so hard during texting that they lose their peripheral vision – which is not surprising, the screen and keys are TINY.

A more troubling part is that 27% are in favor of painting a yellow line on the sidewalk to help guide people who are texting, and 44% wanted pads on lamp posts and street signs. And the Brits think Americans are stupid…

One commenter actually suggested putting spikes on the posts instead of padding. I like that idea better. People would be much more careful if there were a real danger. They might even stop to text.
An even better ides would be some sort of fly-paper – cover the lamp posts with glue, and have someone come around daily (or weekly) to scrape them off. The first person becomes the padding.

Or maybe have a sensor on the pole with an inverted basket at the top – like the game ‘mousetrap’. When someone ran into the pole hard enough, they would get caught. Then you could dress them in blaze orange with black stripes so that everyone could see them coming (and know that they were stupid).

Published in: on March 9, 2008 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment  

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