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Text and drive: Hi-tech cameras targeting drivers using their smartphones are active from TODAY


WARNING: New hi-tech cameras targeting drivers using their smartphones are active from TODAY -after 11,000 motorists were busted texting behind the wheel in four weeks

  • Mobile monitoring cameras caught 11,000 drivers breaking law behind wheel
  • The state-of-the-art technology can catch drivers travelling up to 300km/h
  • NSW State Government will roll out cameras across busy NSW roads from today
  • Drivers caught will lose demerit points and pay hundreds of dollars in fines 

Max Margan For Daily Mail Australia

Hi-tech cameras which can penetrate through car windscreens are now on the roads after a four-week trial busted more than 10,000 drivers texting behind the wheel. 

The state-of-the-art lenses will be turned on from January 1 on Anzac Parade in Sydney’s east – and at the test site in Prospect on the M4 motorway. 

Motorists caught using their phones will be given warnings for a month before fines are enforced, The Daily Telegraph reported. 

Hi-tech cameras which can penetrate through car windscreens are now on the roads after a four-week trial busted more than 10,000 drivers texting behind the wheel 

Hi-tech cameras which can penetrate through car windscreens are now on the roads after a four-week trial busted more than 10,000 drivers texting behind the wheel 

Hi-tech cameras which can penetrate through car windscreens are now on the roads after a four-week trial busted more than 10,000 drivers texting behind the wheel 

The state-of-the-art lenses will be turned on from January 1 on Anzac Parade in Sydney's east - and at the test site in Prospect on the M4 motorway 

The state-of-the-art lenses will be turned on from January 1 on Anzac Parade in Sydney's east - and at the test site in Prospect on the M4 motorway 

The state-of-the-art lenses will be turned on from January 1 on Anzac Parade in Sydney’s east – and at the test site in Prospect on the M4 motorway 

Texting drivers will receive fines of $337 – or $448 in a school zone – and a five demerit point deduction from February.  

The cameras, which will operate 24 hours a day and in rain, hail or sun captured a staggering 11,000 drivers during the initial trial on the M4. 

One photo showed a driver travelling at 80km/h using both hands to text while his passenger reached over and steered.

In another, a man drove at 120 km/h with his eyes firmly on the phone in his hand. 

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey had pushed for the cameras to be portable to keep drivers guessing

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey had pushed for the cameras to be portable to keep drivers guessing

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey had pushed for the cameras to be portable to keep drivers guessing

 Texting drivers will receive fines of $337 - or $448 in a school zone - and a five demerit point deduction from February

 Texting drivers will receive fines of $337 - or $448 in a school zone - and a five demerit point deduction from February

 Texting drivers will receive fines of $337 – or $448 in a school zone – and a five demerit point deduction from February

‘We saw people on Facebook, people texting. We saw people trying to be tricky by having their phone below the window line of their vehicles,’ NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said last month.  

The world-first technology was developed by Alex Jannink, who was motivated after his good friend was killed by a driver who was using their phone.

‘I really look forward to a future in which these systems are rolled out across the state to make our roads safer,’ Mr Jannink previously told 7 News

The cameras can operate both during the day and night, snapping high definition pictures of drivers behind the wheel and number plates.  

The only time drivers are allowed to use mobile phones is when they are pulled over and the engine is off. 

Other states are yet to test the technology.  

Drivers can expect to see camera on Anzac Parade in Moore Park and on the M4 at Clunies Ross Street overpass at Prospect

Drivers can expect to see camera on Anzac Parade in Moore Park and on the M4 at Clunies Ross Street overpass at Prospect

Drivers can expect to see camera on Anzac Parade in Moore Park and on the M4 at Clunies Ross Street overpass at Prospect

Ms Pavey said the images taken in October was a startling reminder of the dangerous reality on NSW roads

Ms Pavey said the images taken in October was a startling reminder of the dangerous reality on NSW roads

Ms Pavey said the images taken in October was a startling reminder of the dangerous reality on NSW roads





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