Mobile phone detection cameras
The Mobile Phone Detection Camera program enforcing illegal mobile phone use has been in place in NSW since December 2019.
The program includes fixed and transportable cameras that operate at locations across the network. The high-definition cameras use artificial intelligence to spot drivers, regardless of the weather or time of day. While the portable versions are mounted on trailers and operate across the state.
What is the penalty for using phone while driving?
Drivers who use a mobile phone illegally will be penalised five demerit points. During double demerit periods, drivers who break the rules will be penalised 10 demerit points, plus sizeable fines apply.
Distracted driving and mobile phones
With 20 million mobile phone users in Australia in 2019 and the addition of new in-vehicle communication systems, distracted driving is fast becoming a threat to road safety.
Using a mobile phone while driving increases your risk of a crash four-fold. Using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous because it may lead to:
- Slower reaction times
- Wandering out of your lane
- Slower and less controlled braking
- Riskier decision making