(THE LOCAL) – A German town has come up with an innovative way of saving the skin of slumbering ‘smombies,’ by embedding traffic lights in the pavement.

Many visitors to European cities are acquainted with the danger.

You are busy trying to navigate your way through some labyrinthine old town using a map or a phone when suddenly you feel yourself lurching to the side.

Only an attentive local dragging you by the scruff of the neck has come between you and a grisly end, caught in the fangs of the serpentine tram or bendy bus creeping up behind you.

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