New Traffic Sign raising brows in Korea

There’s undoubtedly so many people, if not most people, who go around with their focus on their smartphones instead of looking ahead.


It’s so bad that Koreans have come up with an acronym for those obsessed with their smartphones. The word ‘Smombie’ was born from the combination of Smartphone and Zombie.

New traffic sign in Korea / Photo by: Dispatch

The new traffic sign that was recently dedicated solely to these ‘Smombies’, have attracted the attention of netizens and have been a hot topic for discussion.

The new traffic sign was put in place in 2016 to raise awareness of the dangers of using a smartphone while out on the streets. This movement was done through a collaboration between the Seoul Metropolitan Government and the Police Department.

New traffic sign in Korea seen on the streets / Photo by: Dispatch

The sign has been put up at locations like Hongdae, Sicheong (City Hall), Yeondae, Gangnam Station and Jamsil Station where there are many smartphone users who are majorly 10 to 30 years old.

The new traffic sign has been placed strategically so that pedestrians would be aware of the dangers of a hit-and-run.

Together with the illustration, the traffic sign states, ‘Pedestrians be cautious while using your smartphones’.

Traffic sign indicating dangers of accidents with pedestrians on bicycle on the streets / Photo by: Dispatch

Another sign is also put up across the streets under a traffic light to warn pedestrians of potential accidents with others on bicycle,

The only way to prevent accidents due to the usage of smart phones is to avoid using it at all. What do you think?

Should Singapore be adopting this culture too?

Let us know in the comments below!

Article By: Dispatch 

Translated & Edited By: Qistina Roslan

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