New hi-tech camera to catch motorists who use their phone while driving

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Filed on November 29, 2019
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Drivers will be slapped with hefty fines for using their phones.

Cracking down on motorists using mobile phones while driving, New South Wales will have high-tech cameras go live in 45 unknown locations.

The high-tech cameras will capture clear images of drivers illegally using their mobile phones. Once these cameras go live from Saturday, NSW located on the east coast of Australia will become the first state to introduce laws to enable camera-based enforcement of illegal mobile phone use.

The cameras with artificial intelligence will be both fixed and transportable trailer-mounted and will catch violators 24 hours a day, in any kind of weather conditions.

"We have to unfortunately use the element of surprise to get people to think 'well, I could get caught at any time'," roads and transport minister, Andrew Constance, told Nine News.

"I want behaviour to change and I want it changed immediately. It's not about revenue - it's about saving lives," he added.

Before going live, NSW conducted a mobile phone camera trial earlier this year, where 8.5 million vehicles were scanned between January and June 2019, according to NSW Transport. More than 100,000 drivers were caught illegally using their mobile phones while driving.

According to reports in Daily Mail, if these  violators had been fined the $344, it would have equated almost $35 million in revenue. Of the 184 crashes which involved illegal mobile phone use in NSW between 2012 to 2017, seven resulted in death and while another 105 were injured.

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