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.