New Technology To Crack Down On Drivers Using Mobile Phones

NSW implementation first.

New Technology To Crack Down On Drivers Using Mobile Phones

NSW parliament has passed road safety reforms which will see greater technology available to catch drivers using mobile phones.

The red-light camera style technology will allow the detection of mobile phones being used while behind the wheel, with NSW the first state in Australia to introduce the changes.

These will come into effect from July 1 this year.

Powers have also been extended to authorities regarding roadside testing for cocaine, as well as an increase for driving under the influence.

"NSW is the first jurisdiction in Australia to introduce legislation like the Road Safety Bill, showing this Government's ongoing commitment to road safety as technology and societal trends change," Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said.

"Driving under the influence of drugs has emerged as a significant factor in our road toll, along with alcohol, speeding, fatigue and mobile phone."

In the period from 2012 to 2017, there were 184 crashes involving illegal mobile phone use.

This resulted in seven deaths and 105 injuries.

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