By Anna Ellis • 06 June 2022 • 13:26
San Juan, Alicante. Credit Wikimedia
The devices emit light signals when a pedestrian intends to cross and are part of recent redevelopment works in the area, with the aim of improving pedestrian safety.
The work involves incorporating intelligent technology in the monitoring and signalling of urban and interurban roads to increase road safety by reinforcing light warnings to pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.
This initiative places “a luminous plate on the ground, which complements the horizontal signalling and acts when there is a real danger, which is when a pedestrian is approaching.
The road marking is illuminated, warning the driver that a pedestrian is just a few metres away from crossing the road, thus increasing his reaction time.
This is aided by the illumination of the vertical signals in twilight hours and at night.
This technology, which is now coming to Alicante, has already been implemented in numerous Spanish municipalities in provinces such as Almeria, Madrid and Sevilla, as well as in other cities abroad.
Every year in Spain, some 10,000 people are run over by vehicles, most of which accidents occur in the urban areas of cities.
Of the total number of accidents, the Directorate General of Traffic claims that around 100 people are killed each year.
According to other official data, about 15 per cent of serious or fatal accidents occur at pedestrian crossings, where speeding and drivers’ distractions are the main reasons for accidents.
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