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Sydney Motorists Using Mobile Phones Will Be Snapped in Camera Trial


Image of a Sydney driver using his phone while behind the wheel.

A pilot of high-tech cameras in Sydney, Australia, will target those who illegally use mobile phones while driving.

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Drivers who illegally use mobile phones while driving will have their pictures taken along several motorways in Sydney, Australia, in a pilot of new high-tech cameras.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey announced the system will be installed by the Acusensus company, following an earlier trial in which more than 11,000 drivers daily were detected illegally using their phones.

Acusensus' system is operable in all weather conditions, and uses both high-definition cameras and artificial intelligence to identify offenders.

Said Pavey, "I strongly believe this technology will change driver behavior and save lives."

She also said if the system demonstrates perfect and foolproof performance at the conclusion of the trial, "the community will be made aware of its permanent use."

From Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
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