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This university has a plan to stop people getting hurt because of smartphones

No more falling over your friends while texting.

A Thai university has installed a mobile phone lane
A Thai university has installed a mobile phone lane
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A BANGKOK UNIVERSITY has opened a ‘mobile phone lane’ to accommodate students who are sick of bumping into smartphone users on their way to class.

The footpath at the city’s Kasetsart University follows an initiative proposed by students and is set to be trialled during class rush hour times.

Students using their phone to text, call or surf the web are asked to stand on one side of the lane while those walking without distractions will use the other.

The project is the brainchild of Natdanai Adisornpunkul, a third year marketing student at the university.

“As people nowadays spend so much time looking at their mobile phone screens, they could get hurt if they are unaware of their surroundings. This project will help to boost public safety, while encouraging people to adhere to traffic regulations,” he told The Nation.

The project comes with funding from competition held by motoring firm Toyota designed to put an end to on campus inconveniences for students.

If the project wins the contest, it will be recommended to the university, which would then decide if the scheme can be permanently implemented.

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