Saturday, July 13, 2024

Mobile phone detection camera trial begins in SA

Mobile phone detection cameras are being trialled for the first time in South Australia from this week as the State Government acts to reduce road trauma caused by driver distraction.

Following a State Government tender process, two potential mobile phone detection camera providers will trial cameras and related technology on South Road, Torrensville, until late April.

Mobile phone detection cameras already operate in NSW and Queensland and are being trialled for use in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory.

Inattention has been identified as a contributing factor in around half of all lives lost and over a third of serious injuries on South Australian roads.

South Australia’s Road Safety Action Plan 2023-25 includes long-term planning for using mobile phone detection cameras, initially at metropolitan sites, to detect illegal mobile phone use while driving.

The mobile phone detection camera trial will allow South Australia Police and the Department for Infrastructure and Transport to assess solutions and evaluate how the cameras perform mounted on a digital variable message sign in the South Australian road environment, the SA Department for Infrastructure and Transport said in a statement.

“The State Government will ensure motorists’ privacy during the trial and will not impose fines or demerit points,” the Department said.

“A review of trial outcomes will commence in May 2023, followed by a recommendation for a preferred provider to supply and install the cameras for operation as scheduled in early 2024.

“Prospective providers are bearing the cost of the trial as part of the tender submission process,” it said.

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