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Smile, You’re On Camera! Mobile Phone Detection Cameras To Be Up And Running In Nsw By December 2019

Mobile Phone Detection Cameras

In a world first, 45 mobile phone detection cameras will be rolled out across NSW by December 2019. The cameras will employ artificial intelligence to detect mobile phone use, regardless of the weather or time of day. They will be both fixed and trailer-mounted and, unlike speed cameras, will not be sign-posted.

The decision comes off the back of a 6 month trial, where 3 cameras detected more than 100,000 drivers using their phone illegally.

While the initiative will no doubt improve road safety, there may be issues in relation to what the cameras actually detect – for example, an image may not distinguish between a driver using his phone for Facebook and a driver passing his phone to a passenger (which is not considered “use” of a mobile phone). Where the driver believes he was using his phone in a permissible way it may be worth electing to take the matter to court (though the risk of a criminal conviction and increased fines mean that legal advice should be sought before going down this road).

For the first 3 months the program will only issue a warning letter to drivers. After that fines and demerit points will have full-force. The current fine for using a mobile phone while driving is $344 or $457 in a school zone. The offence also carries 5 demerit points, enough to cause a provisional licence to be suspended and nearly half of the demerit point threshold of fully-licensed drivers. For those who lose their licence because of demerit points, licence suspension appeals and good behaviour licences will still be an option.

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Written by Aurhett Barrie on September 27, 2019

Aurhett is the first point of legal contact for clients of Armstrong Legal. He receives every new client with care, understanding and an open mind. He is dedicated to getting to the real issues involved in your matter before matching you with the best solicitor from our team of experienced lawyers. View Aurhett's profile

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