Could gay traffic lights improve road safety?

Vienna is preparing for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest by introducing ‘gay’ traffic lights across the city, in a move which some claim could boost road safety.

The regular male and female lights at dozens of pedestrian crossings in the Austrian capital have been replaced with same-sex couples.

A spokesman for Vienna’s lighting department said the campaign would demonstrate that Vienna is an open-minded city and the unusual symbols could improve road safety.

Officials suggest that pedestrians and drivers are more likely to pay attention to the unusual symbols.

The European Song Contest, now in its 60th year, is a regular feature on the international gay calendar.

Last year, the competition was won by Austrian bearded transvestite Conchita Wurst.