Australia rolls out cameras designed to catch cellphone-using drivers

by Editorial Team

The Australian state of New South Wales unveiled new “high definition detection cameras” it hopes will help nab drivers using their cellphones while behind the wheel.

Andrew Constance, New South Wales’ minister for roads, called the new cameras “world-first” technology and said they would be placed in fixed locations and mounted on mobile trailers.

The cameras will use artificial intelligence to catch distracted drivers. After the camera’s software flags an image, it will be confirmed by a human observer.

CNN affiliate Sky News Australia reported that 45 cameras would be set up in undisclosed locations.

During the first three months, drivers caught by the new system will receive a warning letter. Afterward, offenders will face a fine of up to $344, or $457 in a school zone, and penalty points on their license, Transport for New South Wales said in a statement.

Officials said a trial run of the new cameras flagged 100,000 drivers. The state hopes that the cameras will help reduce the number of road fatalities by 30% by 2021.


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