29 July 2020

New technology to detect drivers illegally using their mobile phones while driving has been launched in Victoria. The state-of-the art safety cameras will capture distracted drivers who fail to obey traffic laws and put lives at risk on our roads.

The trial which begins on Wednesday 29 July 2020 will ensure the cameras can be integrated with existing road safety camera systems and operate accurately before a potential rollout.

Research shows drivers who use a mobile phone while driving are four times more likely to cause a fatal road accident. Texting, browsing and emailing increase the risk of a crash – up to ten times.

The cameras will also be able to spot other dangerous driver behaviour including drivers who fail to wear a seatbelt in a boost for road safety and will be able to operate from anywhere, in all conditions, 24 hours a day.

No fines or warnings will be issued to drivers during the pilot and number plate matching will not be undertaken. At the end of the trial all photographs captured will be deleted, except for a limited number of de-identified images.

If introduced, the new technology will play a crucial role in reducing road trauma and saving lives on Victorian roads by helping to change irresponsible driver behaviour.

For more information about the Distracted Driving Pilot email rscpcorrespondence@justice.vic.gov.au (External link).

A Distracted Driving camera operating in NSW.

A Distracted Driving camera operating in NSW.