People talking on their phones or texting while driving are going to be increasingly targeted by cameras according to New South Wales Premier, Gladys Berejiklian.
After a killer summer on NSW roads, the Government has launched the Road Safety Plan 2021 to combat driver trauma, distraction, speeding and drink driving.
In 2018, there were 354 fatalities on NSW roads and the new road safety plan are part of new measures to make NSW roads safer.
To date (January 2019) there have been 13 deaths on NSW roads.
Doing the wrong thing costs lives
Drivers using mobile phones on the road, are known to be a significant cause of accidents.
“The strictest road rules in the world don’t take away from personal responsibility,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“One second of distraction, one second of doing the wrong thing,” can mean a lifetime of pain.
"I don't want to see innocent lives continue to be lost," she said.
"That's why as a Government we are doing everything we can to prevent injury and heartache."
Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said, "what we are saying to the community is we hear what you are saying, that you believe mobile phone distraction is a big problem and we are prepared to trial and look at technology to catch people doing the wrong thing". She also said motorists would be warned before any trials took place in NSW.
New Camera Technology
As part of the Road Safety Plan 2021, the Government has launched a pilot of new mobile phone detection cameras. The cameras are located on the Clunis Ross St overpass on the M4 Motorway at Prospect and on Anzac Parade at Moore Park.
On the spot license suspensions
Other measures announced in the road safety plan include:
· All mid-range drink-driving offenders must have breath-testing devices fitted to cars which require negative samples before the ignition starts.
· Police will be given the power to issue on-the-spot fines and license suspensions for low-range drink-driving offences.