China Combats Texting While Walking Phenomenon With A ‘No Cell Phone’ Sidewalk Lane


Stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to text is never cool.

But Chongqing, China, has found a way around the traffic-blocking hastle: separate lanes for those who walk and text.

Although the installation probably isn’t permanent, city officials are using the divided sidewalks as a chance to bring attention to how disruptive using smartphones while walking can be.

Nong Cheng, a representative for creative firm Meixin Group, told the AP that texting and walking does present something of a danger to other pedestrians.

She said,

There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here.

Despite the city’s efforts, Chinese pedestrians aren’t obeying the lanes on the 50 meters of divided sidewalk. The property manager says that those using their phones are so engrossed that they don’t even notice the signs¬†painted on the sidewalk.

When the painted signs do receive attention, it’s usually just so tourists can snap a picture and post it to social media.

In fact, Chongqing was inspired by a National Geographic experiment conducted earlier this summer in the streets of Washington, DC, for its show “Mind Over Masses.”

A film crew recorded reactions to designated “text free” sidewalk lanes. Like the residents of Chongquing, DC pedestrians had very little interest in moving over to let those without phones pass.

Although divided lanes don’t seem to be the solution to the plague of text-and-walk pedestrians, this is certainly a step in the right direction.

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Woman Kills Husband Then Sends Texts From His Phone To Trick Family



A Mexican woman killed her husband and then sent texts from his phone to prevent anyone from looking for him.

Maria Alejandra Lafuente Caso, 40, put sleeping pills in the drink of Allan Carrera Cuellar, 41, while they were at their home in Mexico City.

The psychologist would go on to tell police that she decapitated and dismembered Cuellar with a chainsaw because he had beaten her many times.

Caso placed her husband’s body parts in black garbage bags, which she scattered throughout the Mexican capital.

She then texted his friends and family from his phone, so they would believe Cuellar had gone on a business trip, just like she said he had.

But the locations of the remains weren’t very well thought out; Cuellar’s head was found by a group of kids in a local park.

This prompted a police investigation and thus the discovery of Cuellar’s hands and feet in another area of Mexico City.

A police spokesman said that Caso’s text messages had succeeded in removing any suspicion the recipients might have had.

And when the police confronted Caso about her husband’s death, she put on a facade.

The spokesman said,

After we found the remains and managed to identify him from DNA, she pretended to be a grieving widow. But a forensic examination of her home found traces of his blood and bone gristle in the carpets and bits of flesh in the bathroom.

Caso then claimed to be mentally insane in order to avoid standing trial and possibly lessen her punishment.

But police had her tested by a mental health professional, who was not fooled by her act.

She is currently awaiting trial and could be sentenced to life in prison.

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