Australian state of New South Wales rolls out mobile phone detection cameras

Last Updated: Dec 02 2019 17:54
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On Sunday, the Australian state of New South Wales, home to the country’s largest city Sydney, rolled out mobile phone detection cameras, hoping to cut the number of fatalities on its roads by a third over two years, according to the transport authorities.

According to Transport for NSW, which manages the state's transport services, the mobile phone detection programme, one of the first in the world, involves cameras operating day and night in all weather conditions to determine if a driver is handling a mobile phone.

“It’s a system to change the culture,” NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told Australian media last week.

According to a statement on a Dutch police website, the Netherlands launched a similar system in October, fining drivers 240 euros ($265) for illegal use of mobile phones.