Drivers may think twice about using their mobile phones, after the NSW Government announced a trial of world-first technology able to catch them in the act while behind the wheel.
The new high-definition cameras have already detected more than 11,000 drivers using their mobile phones during a month-long test during October, Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said.
“Shockingly, one driver was pictured with two hands on his phone while his passenger steered the car travelling at 80kph, putting everyone on the road at risk,” she said.
“We saw people on Facebook, people texting. We saw people trying to be tricky by having their phone below the window line of their vehicles.
“It is a very dangerous act to keep your eyes down low and not on the road, which is why this technology we expect will have a huge impact on driver behaviour and therefore road safety.
Three technology companies took part in the testing period, with Australian company Acusensus chosen to trial their cameras for three months from January.
The cameras were developed by Alex Jannink from Acusensus after his friend James Rapley was killed by a driver distracted while using their mobile phone.