Transport NSW has announced that ‘world first’ mobile phone cameras NSW will be installed across the state by December.
The mobile phone cameras are designed to capture images of drivers who are illegally using their phones whilst driving.
The announcement follows the success of a 6-month trial conducted earlier this year.
Two mobile phone detection cameras were installed in fixed spots between January – June 2019.
The cameras surveyed 8.5 million vehicles. Of the 8.5 million filmed, Transport NSW alleges that 100,000 drivers were captured illegally using their mobile phone while driving.
Drivers were not fined during the trial. If they had been, it is estimated that the new technology would have raised $34.5 million in fines.
The cameras use artificial intelligence to review high-definition images of drivers.
The system detects drivers that may be using a mobile phone illegally and sends these images to authorised personnel for verification.
The Government has announced that 45 cameras will be placed around NSW.
Some cameras will be in fixed locations, while others will be mounted to relocatable trailers.
Unlike mobile speed cameras, drivers will receive no warning if they are approaching a phone detection camera.
While the cameras will operate from December 2019, the Government has announced a 3-month grace period. This means that for the first three months, drivers will only receive a warning letter if they are detected by the camera.
Once the grace period ends, drivers will be fined for illegal mobile phone use. At present, drivers caught using their mobile phone illegally are fined $344 ($457 if they’re caught in a school zone). Drivers also incur 5 demerit points.
It is an offence under rule 300 of the Road Rules 2014 to use a mobile phone illegally while driving.
The rule states that the driver of a vehicle must not use a mobile phone while their vehicle is moving or is stationary but not parked unless:
The law outlines that your vehicle must be out of the line of traffic and parked before a driver is permitted to use their mobile phone in any other way.
It is illegal to use your mobile phone in the following circumstances:
In addition to the circumstances above, it is illegal for P1 or P2 licence holders to use their mobile phones in the following ways while driving:
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