Mobile phone detection cameras will come in action in NSW starting from 1 December. It will include both types of cameras; fixed and transportable trailer-mounted cameras. These sophisticated cameras will start targeting illegal mobile phone users while driving.

The detection system operates both day and night and in all weather conditions, using high-definition cameras to take images of the front-row cabin space of all vehicles to detect illegal mobile phone use.

The system uses AI (artificial intelligence) to automatically review images and detect offending drivers, and to 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.

Warning letters will be issued for the first three months. Following this period, 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.

While mobile phone detection cameras will be switched on and issuing warning letters from 1 December, NSW Police continue to enforce illegal mobile phone use and issue infringements as part of regular operations.

Fixed and transportable cameras were found to operate reliably in real world conditions. During the pilot, the cameras detected more than 100,000 drivers using their phones illegally.

More information is here https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/mobilephones/technology.html

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