World-first cameras capable of identifying drivers illegally using mobile phones will be switched on this weekend. From December 1st both fixed and transportable trailer-mounted cameras will come into action at 45 locations. Drivers face losing five demerit points and a $344 fine, or a $457 fine if caught in a school zone. The new technology takes images of drivers in their vehicles before running it through a mobile phone detection software. A human eye will then confirm if an offence has been committed.
For the first three months, warning letters will be sent out and no penalties will be issued.
Under legislation introduced before parliament this week, there would be no warning signs to alert motorists about the cameras.
Australian company Acusensus has installed test cameras on the M4 at Prospect and Anzac Pde Moore Park, following extensive testing last year. Acusensus say on their website "We are committed to supporting the NSW Government's pioneering initiative to reduce the significant road loss and trauma caused by illegal phone use on the road network," "We know from the success of the pilot and other enforcement technology programs that the deployment of the Acusensus Heads-Up solution will drive behavioural change and improve the safety of road users."
The cameras use artificial intelligence and can operate day or night and in all weather conditions.
Video source: Andrew Constance MP