LA STAMPA (ITALY)

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BUCHAREST- A public service campaign in Romania is trying to prevent pedestrian deaths by showing how some stray dogs in Bucharest are street smarter than humans. Say WHAT!?

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Yes, really. You can scroll to the bottom of the page to see the video. But first, you might want to remember all the things that dogs can teach us.

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But it's not just how to ski, but also how to cross the street. Something that seems so ordinary and mundane to many of us.

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No, not like that either...just the everyday task of walking across a road on two legs.

La Stampa reports that because of the "unruly behavior" of pedestrians in Bucharest and other cities, 360 people died and 1,273 were injured in 2012. The "Next Advertising" agency, responsible for the advertisement video (at the bottom of the page), say that dogs instinctively comply with certain rules that keep them safe: the strays seem to only cross the road on a zebra crossing and when the cars have absolutely stopped. A seemingly simple thing we are taught as children: stop, look, listen.

In Bucharest, according to several animal-related NGOs, there are about 40,000 stray dogs that face an euthanasia campaign launched in 2012 to reduce the numbers. For these furry friends take care of us when we need them -- and star in ad campaigns for free.

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So to recap: Dogs use their instincts to cross roads, and so should humans. If all else fails, stop, look both ways and listen for oncoming traffic. Got it? Super!

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So Here's that video of the incredibly smart stray dogs who remind us how to cross the street safely, via YouTube expand=1]:

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