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Queensland switches on mobile detection cameras

A fleet of mobile phone detection cameras are being used to monitor mobile phone and seatbelt use in Queensland, and fines will start being issued as of this month.

This roll out of mobile phone detection technology follows a successful trial across metropolitan and regional locations, where 15,000 people were detected using a phone while driving.

In the trials, high-definition cameras were used to capture images of the front-row cabin space in vehicles. Illegal mobile phone use is detected using machine learning technology, in a similar manner to Bicycle Network’s AIRS program.

The phone detection technology has a high level of accuracy and paints an alarming picture of driver distraction. A Victoria trial earlier this year, for example, found that one in 42 people were using a mobile phone while behind the wheel.

As of November 2021, distracted drivers in Queensland will face a fine of up to $1,033 and four demerit points for illegal mobile phone use.

Mobile phone camera networks have also been made permanent fixtures in New South Wales and Victoria, following successful trials. They are part of a wider strategy to eliminate distracted driving on our roads and will help ensure that vulnerable road users are better protected.

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