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More than 3000 drivers caught using mobiles by new phone detection cameras

This was in its first week...

Since the start of December in New South Wales, Australia, new phone detection cameras have been hard at work capturing images of those using their phones whilst driving. Statewide, and despite the infancy of the infrastructure, the cameras managed to capture over 3,000 drivers in only their first week of activation.

The NSW Police Department says images are captured and rigorously scanned by artificial intelligence programs, of which all results are reviewed by a member of authorised personnel.

That sounds like an incredibly large number of tickets to be handing out on top of the usual parking, speeding, and DUI fines/bans issued on a regular basis. However, the caught offenders are sent a warning letter, giving them a three month grace period in which to stick to the rules or risk a more serious penalty.

Repeat offenders are handed a AU$344 penalty fine and five points on their license, which falls in the mid-point of the speeding fine system.

The technology is set to roll out across much of Australia, and it wouldn't be surprising to see it installed in other countries if proven to be effective and, ultimately, influential on increasing safety on the roads.

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Comments (20)

  • As much as I dislike the encroaching big brother watching our every move, this seems the only way to get things under control. A week doesn’t go by without another driver crossing into my lane whilst they are either texting or mucking about with their GPS. You only need to walk through a city to see how ingrained smart phone use is. We have had 4 pedestrians killed recently. Lower speed limits is not the answer, we have to get people to put their phones down

      1 year ago
  • Design cars so they won't work if there is a phone in the cabin. The glove box is now the phone box and is shielded and lockable.

      1 year ago
    • for probationary drivers that's pretty much the rule now in most states in aus, not allowed to interact with phone at all, even with bluetooth hands free.

        1 year ago
    • Same in UK, although we have no detection cameras if you are caught that is license cancellation. You have to get a new license. If you are a more experienced driver you will get 6 points.

        1 year ago
  • Give them an outright 12 month driving ban 👏👏👏

      1 year ago
  • The grace period is complete BS. There is no excuse for using your phone while driving. Got caught? Pay a heavy fine AND get your license taken away right away. Get caught again once you are allowed to drive again? Get the license taken away for good.

      1 year ago
  • Just definitively remove their license instead of applying the penalty. If you don't want to drive get a bus,taxi,subway monthly pass instead of putting people's lives on danger just because you want to send some overused memes to your friends and family, Driving is Dangerous and the less distracted we are the safer we all will be.

      1 year ago