Augsburg is not the first city to institute special safety measure for people who text and walk. The city of Chongquing in southwest China separated one of its major sidewalks into two lanes, with one specifically designed for cellphone users, in 2014. A warning sign painted in white reads: "Cellphones walk in this lane at your own risk."
More recently, in New Jersey, a new bill proposes penalizing distracted walkers for crossing streets while focusing on their phones. They would face a $50 fine and up to 15 days in jail.
The National Safety Council has recorded more than 11,100 injuries stemming from distracted walking incidents in the past 10 years.
Read the full report from Mashable.