As much as authorities try to drill into motorists brains just how dangerous it is to use a mobile phone while driving, it’s not that uncommon to see it happening on our roads.
But very rarely do we see a driver take their life, and the lives of others on the road, so far into their own hands by doing something as dangerous as this.
New detection technology that has been trialled across Sydney has caught one motorist using not just one, but TWO mobile phones while behind the wheel.
For over a month now, mobile phone detection cameras have been installed on the M4 at Prospect, at Anzac Parade and Moore Park.
Over 20,000 motorists were caught illegally using their phones while driving after just 25 days into the three-month trial, according to Nine News.
— Nine News Sydney (@9NewsSyd) February 11, 2019
But one instance stood out more than most after a man was caught on camera holding a mobile phone in each hand, while resting the sides of his hands on the steering wheel.
The new technology is capturing close to 1000 drivers a day using their phones while driving, however, none of the offenders will receive a fine for their illegal act.
Drivers can’t be fined until after the trial period is over in April, meaning the driver using two phones while driving won’t face any penalties.
Drivers caught on the camera will instead receive a letter notifying them that they were captured doing the wrong thing.
NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey has said that the grace period is designed to allow them to iron out any issues.
“If at the end of the trial, the technology proves to be foolproof, the community will be made aware of its permanent use,” Ms Pavey said.
“Seventy-four per cent of the NSW community support the use of cameras to enforce mobile phone offences. I strongly believe this technology will change driver behaviour and save lives.”
The world-first technology uses a radar-based sensor system to automatically detect vehicles and record data, including photos taken through car windscreens, which is then automatically analysed by artificial intelligence before being reviewed by a person.
It is capable of catching drivers on their phones in any condition, including night time, poor weather, or at speeds of up to 300km/h.
If the technology comes into affect after the trial period, drivers will receive a fine of $337 and five demerit points if they are caught using their phone while driving.