Cameras targeting illegal phone use across NSW
Phone detection cameras are in operation on NSW roads. If you get caught illegally handling your mobile phone while driving, you’ll receive a fine of $344 and a penalty of 5 demerit points. Mobile phone detection cameras, including fixed and transportable cameras, target drivers and riders illegally using a mobile phone across NSW anywhere, anytime.
The system operates day and night and in all weather conditions, using high-definition cameras to capture images of the front-row cabin space of all vehicles to detect illegal mobile phone use.
The cameras use artificial intelligence to automatically review images, detect offending drivers, and exclude images of non-offending drivers from further action. Images that the automated system considers likely to contain a driver illegally using a mobile phone are verified by authorised personnel.
As with other road safety camera programs in NSW, strict controls are in place to ensure images captured by the system are securely stored and managed.
From 1 March 2020 mobile phone detection cameras will be enforcing illegal use of mobile phones while driving or riding. The penalty for offending drivers is five demerit points and a $344 fine ($457 in a school zone). The penalty increases to 10 demerit points during double-demerit periods.
NSW Police continue to enforce illegal mobile phone use and issue infringements as part of regular operations.