Australia uses new technology to prosecute the drivers using cellphones

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  • The detection unit involves two cameras. One camera photographs the vehicle’s registration plate whilst the second high-set lens looks down through the windscreen.
  • A hefty sum of 322 Australian dollars fine will also be handed to the suspected motorists.
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An Australian state is first to use the technology that enables punishing drivers distracted by social media, text messages or phone calls. The new technology will help to reduce the number of road accidents that involved drivers using smartphones on New South Wales roads. The drivers who use cellphones while driving increase their chances of an accident four times.

The state is attempting to persuade people to put down the smartphones while driving by rolling out cameras to prosecute the distracted motorists, TIME reported. New South Wales Roads Minister Andrew Constance said that the government intends to roll out 45 Mobile Phone Detection Cameras across the state by December.

Detection involves artificial intelligence

The detection unit involves two cameras. One camera photographs the vehicle’s registration plate whilst the second high-set lens looks down through the windscreen and observes what the driver is doing with the hands.

Some cameras would be fixed on the roadsides and others would be placed on trailers and moved around the state. These detection units utilize artificial intelligence to exclude drivers who are not in touch with their phones.

Months long trial of two fixed cameras checked some 8.5 million vehicles and detected more than 100,000 drivers with their hands-on phones.

A hefty fine is imposed on the suspect

Human eye verification is also done with photos showing suspected behavior before sending an infringement notice to the vehicle’s registered owner. A hefty sum of 322 Australian dollars fine will also be handed to the suspected driver.

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According to the police, more than 16,500 drivers had been fined so far for illegally using cellphones. To touch the cellphones while driving except to pass it to the passenger is deemed as illegal. The drivers, however, are allowed to use phones in hands-free cradles and through Bluetooth.

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