Germans want smartphone ban for pedestrians

2015-03-13 05:00
An LG employee holds the company's newly unveiled smartphone called the G3 at a press event in London. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

An LG employee holds the company's newly unveiled smartphone called the G3 at a press event in London. (Lefteris Pitarakis, AP)

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Berlin - A German association representing pedestrians has called for a ban on people staring at their smartphones while walking through city traffic, to cut down on accidents.

It was "common knowledge" that smartphones distract users from the traffic dangers around them, argued the Association of Pedestrian Traffic Germany in the latest edition of its magazine.

In Germany "so far there are hardly any proper accident analyses, and the focus is on motorists," it said, pointing however at international studies that suggest a higher accident risk for people glued to their digital companions.

The Berlin-based group proposed fines for pedestrians who use their smartphones near motor traffic, matching existing penalties for drivers, and said it would promote its point with the campaign slogan "head up high while walking".

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