NSW Is Getting Mobile Phone Detection Cameras (With No Warning Signs)

Joanna Estrada
September 23, 2019

NSW will be the first state in the world to have mobile phone detection cameras installed on roads, with the project set to be rolled out by the end of the year.

The cameras will be able to detect drivers using mobile phones.

'These cameras must be about getting people to put down their phones, not taking away licences'.

"We have to unfortunately use the element of surprise to get people to think "well, I could get caught at any time".

Road safety experts are alarmed at the growing prevalence of accidents involving drivers using smartphones on New South Wales roads.

"We know the success of the pilot and other enforcement technology programs that the deployment of the Acusensus Heads-Up solution will driver behavioural change and improve the safety of road users", he said.

In fact, each unit contains two cameras.

The cameras operate 24 hours a day and in all weather conditions, and take images of the driver and passenger seat. Photos that show suspected illegal behavior are referred for verification by human eyes before an infringement notice is sent to the vehicle's registered owner along with a 344 Australian dollar ($232) fine.

ABC News reports that, in recognition of the continuing problem, the NSW Government has announced it will spend $88 million on fixed and portable cameras to catch out texting motorists at 45 sites across New South Wales.

The government wants to expand the program to 135 million checks a year by 2023. Motorists are also permitted to hand their phone to a passenger.

Better yet, there'll be no warning signs to alert motorists where these cameras will be.

Minister for Regional Roads Paul Toole said independent modelling suggested these cameras could prevent 100 fatalities and serious accidents every year.

As of September 19 there have been 269 deaths on New South Wales roads this year.

The roll-out follows a six-month pilot operated by tech company Acusensus, which busted more than 100,000 drivers using their phones illegally. The ban even applies to drivers who are stationary at red lights or stuck in traffic jams.

Constance said his government was relaxing the law to allow drivers to legally pay with their phones at restaurant drive-throughs.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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