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High-tech cameras to catch Sydney drivers using their mobile phones

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A driver is pictured on their mobile phone while a passenger steers. Photo: NSW government
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Sydney motorists illegally using their mobile phone while driving will be caught by road cameras in a 90-day pilot of new technology.

NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey announced the government would run the trial on the M4 and Anzac Parade from next month.

She said no fines will be issued during the trial, after a test of the technology in October caught 11,000 drivers on their mobiles every day.

“Shockingly, one driver was pictured with two hands on his phone while his passenger steered the car travelling at 80km/h, putting everyone on the road at risk,” Mrs Pavey said on Sunday.

Motorists will be warned via letters during the 90-day pilot.

Three companies took part in the October testing, and the government has selected Australian company Acusensus to run the pilot.

Mrs Pavey said the cameras would be rolled out permanently if it proves foolproof.

It uses high-definition cameras and artificial intelligence to detect drivers using their mobile phone.

The technology can be used in all weather conditions and at any time of day.

“I strongly believe this technology will change driver behaviour and save lives,” Mrs Pavey said.

Acusensus managing director Alex Jannink said he wanted to help catch drivers using their mobile phones since his friend was killed in a car crash days before Christmas five years ago.

“I think that James would be proud of any solution that reduces trauma on our roads,” Mr Jannink told reporters on Sunday.

An NRMA survey of 1500 members, released in August, found illegal phone use behind the wheel was their biggest road safety fear.

About 72 per cent of respondents said it caused them concern, while 56 per cent also nominated drink driving.

Speeding was mentioned by 55 per cent of the respondents.

-with AAP

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