All mobile phone detection cameras are now live in NSW.
For the first ten months of 2022 alone, the cameras are responsible for $61 million in fines. And, according to reports, more than $185 million since the program’s inception, as well as millions of demerit points.
The world-first program began operating on December 1, 2019, with warning letters issued for the first three months.
Drivers caught using their mobile phones by mobile phone detection cameras were sent a warning letter, but NSW authorities have been issuing fines since March 2020.
What are the fines and penalties for using a mobile phone in a vehicle?
- In NSW the penalty for being caught on mobile phone tracking cameras is five demerit points and a $362 fine.
- If you’re caught in a school zone, the fine increases to $481 and in both cases five demerit points on your license.
- The penalty increases to 10 demerit points during double demerit periods, from a license maximum of 12. Big price to pay to pick up your phone.
On the introduction of the cameras, the NSW government claimed it would reduce road deaths by 100 over five years.
Statistics so far show an increase in casualties during this time.
Mobile Phone Tracking Cameras: Frequently Asked Questions
The fine for being caught on mobile phone detection cameras in NSW is $362, and you’ll also get 5 demerit points.
Using your cell phone in a school zone? The fine increases to $481, and you will receive 5 demerit points on your license.
In NSW the penalty increases. 10 demerit points during double demerit periodsfrom a maximum of 12 licenses.
Nope what. Unlike normal speed cameras in NSW, it was decided that mobile phone detection cameras would not offer warnings to drivers.
Transport for NSW has a page outlining the rules for using your mobile phone in the car. The rules vary depending on the type of license you have, So it is better to visit the page here..
According to Transport for NSW, these cameras may or may not be able to automatically detect phone use (which mobile phone detection cameras with artificial intelligence do regularly). But if the driver is clearly using a mobile phone while inspecting the image by a human., then yes – this can be fined in addition to speeding and/or red light fines. Be careful!
Not easily. Amendments passed in 2019 actually reverse the burden of proof, putting it on you to prove that something in your hand or resting on your body — like your lap — is a mobile. No phone, “and must be proved on a balance. of probabilities” (a balance of probabilities requires reasonable satisfaction by the court that the facts alleged are probably true and as stated).
2020: 45 mobile phone tracking cameras planned in NSW
Officials plan to install 45 cameras at largely undisclosed locations across the state, giving them the ability to check 135 million vehicles over the next three years.
Popular mobile phone tracking camera locations in NSW include the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Prospect, Nowra and Moore Park.
The NSW Government has made it impossible for you to use a clean driving record to reduce your fine to caution as you can for lesser speeding offences.
If you receive a penalty notice, you can view the photo online and if it wasn’t you, you can contact the driver who did it. It will make you popular, but with fines and points so big – and the fact that using a mobile phone while driving is incredibly dangerous – it seems like a good idea.
However, the location of the majority of NSW mobile phone cameras will not be disclosed.
“The decision has been made not to disclose the location of the cameras,” said Bernard Carlon, executive director of the Center for Road Safety. “Driving while using a mobile phone is dangerous behavior and drivers need to be aware that they can be caught anytime, anywhere.
“Independent modeling has shown that these cameras could prevent nearly 100 fatal and serious injury crashes over five years. There is strong community support for more enforcement, with 80 percent of those surveyed reporting illegal cell phone use.” Support the use of detection cameras for stopping.
Cameras from three companies will be used, but the majority are expected to look similar to those units at Anzac Parade, Moor Park.
2019: The first mobile phone tracking cameras are activated.
NSW law enforcement has activated the first batch of mobile phone tracking cameras at undisclosed locations across the state.
The cameras, which were developed in Australia and are the first of their kind in the world, have been on trial for about 12 months.
According to Transport for NSW, ten fixed and transportable cameras will begin operating at locations across the state.
“Coupled with ongoing enforcement by NSW Police, these cameras will target illegal mobile phone use anywhere, anytime,” read a statement from the government body.
While the location of the cameras is a mystery, it is known that there is one on the Sydney Harbor Bridge, while other mobile phone camera locations include Nora, Lucas Heights, Moore Park and Prospect.
Warning letters for offenses caught on camera will be issued for the first three months, but fines for offending drivers will increase from four to five demerit points (from a total of 12), while a $362 fine (in a school zone $481) will also be applied.
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During double demerit periods the penalty goes up to 10 demerit points.
Around 1,000 drivers a day were caught using their mobile phones during a trial of a phone-detecting camera in Sydney.
Amazingly, all the drivers came to just two places, Prospect on the M4 motorway and Anzac Parade, Moore Park (below).
According to 9News, high-resolution cameras captured 20,125 cases of illegal phone use in the first 25 days after the trial began on January 7.
They included a driver with a phone in each hand, and the other hand lightly gripping the steering wheel while texting one of them.
Another photo shows a driver holding his smartphone with both hands close to his face, while his passenger holds the steering wheel (below).
The cameras also captured a woman with both hands on her phone while the steering wheel remained untouched.
Fortunately for them, no fines were issued during the three-month trial.
Mobile phone detection cameras mean big income.
If every driver ever found was slapped with a $337 violation, those two cameras alone would have earned the state $6.8 million in just 25 days.
The system uses high-resolution cameras to take photos of each car, with artificial intelligence then sorting through each photo to see if a phone is being used by the driver.
The cameras are said to work both day and night, in bad weather, and can detect vehicles traveling at speeds up to 300 km/h.
A human operator then validates the images indicating a positive result.
Unless NSW drivers change their behaviour, the state government is expected to take a significant hit with the new technology.
Last fiscal year, nearly 40,000 fines were issued for illegal use of mobile phones without the benefit of cameras. Interestingly, drivers aged 30 to 39 were the main offenders, receiving more than a quarter (11,695) of fines.
But the NSW Department of Roads and Maritime Services insists the cameras are not about raising revenue.
“74 per cent of the NSW community supports the use of cameras to enforce mobile phone crime. I strongly believe this technology will change driver behavior and save lives,” the Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight said. , said Melinda Pavy.
Both Western Australia and Victoria are also evaluating phone-detection camera technology – although not necessarily the same technology adopted by NSW, which has been developed by Australian start-up EcoSense.