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Misters lead locals to obey law

MIST sprayers have found a new, unexpected use besides cooling down residents on hot summer days.

The misters help keep pedestrians from crossing busy roads when they have the red "don't walk" symbol.

The effect was noticed when misters were rigged atop a roadside map signboard at a busy intersection in the downtown People's Square area.

People gather around the two big machines, with road information on the board and misters on top, while waiting at the intersection of Xizang and Jiujiang roads.

"They can search the information they need while waiting to cross the roads," said Chen Wei, a traffic police officer with Huangpu District.

Chen said the red lights at the intersection last a relatively long two to three minutes. Pedestrians enjoy the mist from the sprayers in the hot season and seem to "forget to cross the roads," police said.

Chen said officials are talking about possibly using the misters elsewhere.


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