Call out for tech to stop drivers using mobile phones

Published: 10 Apr 2018

The NSW Government is seeking technology that will detect illegal mobile phone use on our roads.

As part of the Road Safety Plan 2021, the government outlined its plans to introduce camera-based technology to enforce mobile phone use offences.

The government is now publicly seeking practical, technology-based solutions to address the problem.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said developing the technology would be a world first.

“It’s worth remembering that at 60 kilometres per hour, a car travels 33 metres in two seconds,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Take your eyes off the road to look at your phone for a few seconds and you continue to travel, virtually blind.”

From 2012-17, there were 184 crashes that involved illegal use of a mobile phone. These crashes resulted in seven deaths and 105 injuries.

In the 2016-17 financial year, over 40,000 people were fined by the NSW Police for illegal mobile phone use.

The government is currently addressing illegal mobile phone use through education campaigns, a total mobile phone ban for learner, P1 and P2 drivers, and police enforcement.

Find out more about the Road Safety 2021 plan

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