Australian authorities said that the “world-first” technology would target illegal cell phone use
If you are the one using phones while driving, it’s time to stop it.
The Australian state of New South Wales launched “high definition detection cameras” on Sunday, made to catch drivers using cell phones behind the steering wheel.
Andrew Constance, New South Wales’ Minister for Roads said the “world-first” technology would aim illegal cell phone use via “fixed and mobile trailer-mounted cameras.”
The cameras will use artificial intelligence to go through images and identify the illegal use of cell phones, according to Transport for NSW.
Images recognized as being likely to contain a driver unlawfully using a cell phone will then be confirmed by authorized personnel, authorities said, mentioning that images taken by the system would be “securely stored and managed.”
Over the coming three years, 45 portable cameras will be placed across the state, in unidentified locations, and without warning notices, Sky News Australia reported.
For the initial three months, drivers caught by the technology will get a warning letter, Transport for New South Wales said in an announcement, after which lawbreakers will face a penalty of up to $344, or $457 in a school zone, and penalty points on their drivers’ license.
“The NSW Government is determined about reducing our state’s road toll and introducing mobile phone detection cameras is one way we will do this,” Andrew Constance, Minister for Roads announced in a statement.
Officials said that a tryout of the technology earlier in the year had apprehended more than 100,000 drivers unlawfully using a phone at the wheel.
Around 329 people have died this year on New South Wales’ roads, Reuters news agency informed, compared with 354 people for all of 2018, as stated in official statistics.
The state wants to reduce the number of road fatalities by 30% by 2021, Reuters reported.
It is legal in New South Wales to make and receive phone calls while driving, but using hands-free technology. Other applications, including video calling, using social media, photography, playing audio while driving are only lawful if a driver has parked their car outside of traffic.