Victoria to trial new safety cameras which detect mobile phone use while driving
27.07.2020

Victoria to trial new safety cameras which detect mobile phone use while driving

Words by Kate Streader

The three-month trial will roll out on Victorian roads this week.

The Victorian government will begin a three-month trial of new state-of-the-art safety cameras on its roads this week to detect the use of mobile phones while driving.

No infringements will be issued during the trial period, rather the pilot will identify how the technology can be effectively integrated into the state’s existing road safety camera systems.

Launching on Wednesday July 29, the trial aims to capture drivers illegally using their mobile phones while driving in addition to testing the technology’s ability to detect other dangerous behaviour such as drivers not wearing a seatbelt.

The cameras will operate in all weather conditions, 24 hours a day, capturing high-resolution images which will be reviewed in real-time to pinpoint potential offences.

Research shows that those who use their phone while driving are four times more likely to cause a fatal road accident, with texting, browsing and emailing increasing the risk of causing a crash by up to ten times.

Research conducted by the Monash University Accident Research Centre estimates mobile phone safety cameras could prevent 95 casualty crashes each year.

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