Smartphone detection NSW traffic cameras go live this weekend

Transport for NSW is warning drivers that 45 new cell phone detection cameras will finally be live across NSW this Sunday, with devices designed to catch drivers who illegally use their smartphone when driving.

Unlike speed and red light cameras, these new cameras do not have any signage to alert drivers to their presence.

The ceremonial rollout follows a semi-annual lawsuit earlier this year that photographed over 8,5 million vehicles and found over 100000 drivers illegally using their phones, accounting for about 1,2%.

In Australia, the government passed a law back in 2012 that made it illegal for drivers to touch their smartphone if it was installed in a bassinet.

The state government is seeking AU $88 million to implement a mobile detection system that will include both fixed and handheld cameras.

Artificial intelligence will be used to automatically analyze images captured at the scene of offending drivers.

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Transport for projects, New South Wales that 135 million inspections will be completed through each year of the camera, and said the high-definition detection system will work day and night and in all weather conditions.

In NSW, the government has estimated that between 2012 and 2018, there were at least 158 ​​people injured in traffic accidents using mobile phones. according to a report released earlier this month.

There will be a three month grace period for drivers caught using phones while driving and those caught will receive a warning letter.

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Penalties and demerits will officially take effect from March 2020, with drivers facing five demerit points and a $344 AU fine if caught.

Those snapped using their smartphone in the school zone will receive a more severe AU in the order of $457, and during double penalty periods, drivers can lose 10 demerit points for a violation.

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