An advanced red light-style camera that detects drivers using mobile phones has caught 1,300 motorists breaking the law in the Australian state of Victoria.
The Daily Mail reports that the “world-first” cameras, developed by Sydney-based company One Task, were tested for VicRoads, the Department of Justice and Victoria Police and in one five-hour test on the Eastern Freeway 270 people were caught illegally using their phones, and in a CityLink test 1,000 people were caught in nine hours.
The report says some of those spotted in the tests were using multiple phones, texting with both hands, using phones in the passenger seat, and even using tablet computers.
The system involves using advanced cameras along with computer software which can analyse and review images in order to detect illegal mobile phone use.
In the August Eastern Freeway test 7.1% of the drivers observed broke phone use laws, one every 67 seconds. In the November City Link test, conducted over three lanes of traffic, 4.7 % of the drivers observed broke phone use laws, one every 30 seconds.