New street signs to be implemented due to mobile phone related deaths and injuries

South Korea will be following Russia' lead in the matter, but taking it to the next level

The surge in injuries and deaths related to mobile phone usage has governments resorting to some extreme measures in order to get people's attention away from their devices.

National statistics from America show that over 333,000 injuries occur every year as a result of a driver being distracted while using a mobile phone, while one teenager dies every two hours there due to texting while driving.

There is an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to deaths that occur while someone is attempting to take a selfie, with the numbers there also rising rapidly, from 14 deaths in 2014, to 21 in 2015, and there's already been 20 in 2016.

The Russian government released a "Selfie Safety Guide" (seen above), while Japan also put out a "No Selfie Sticks On Railway" posters around their cities.

 

On a smaller scale, a theme park in China developed a walking lane designed specifically for people who would be using their phones, as a way to isolate the congestion.

Now the government in South Korea are tackling the problem in a more aggressive manner, with the issue of smartphone usage not singled out to selfie-taking or one small part of the country.

Five provinces around the nation - Hongdae, City Hall, Yonsei University, Gangnam Station and Jamsil Station - have been singled out due to the high percentage of accidents, injuries and deaths caused by mobile phone usage in people aged from 10 to 30 in those areas, and new signs are being erected there to highlight the dangers.

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The two signs are being used as a part of a pilot programme: the first is warning pedestrians not to use their phones while crossing specifics sections of road, while the second is asking people not to be on their phones in particularly busy walking areas, as it will lead to congestion.

How exactly they plan on getting people to look up from the phones in the first place to notice the streetsigns isn't clear, and it will be a while before we can say whether or not they are a success. Only in time, if there is a drop in accidents in those areas, will their implementation be declared a success.