Cutting-edge cameras catching drivers on their mobile phones were rolled out in NSW late last year and have now made their way to roads across the Sunshine State.
Designed to help save lives by detecting drivers using mobile phones, the high-tech cameras are part of a trial which started on Monday, July 27 and will run for a six-month period until Christmas.
In an Australian-first, the cameras will also capture people failing to wear a seatbelt.
The trial follows the introduction of a $1000 fine for distracted driving in February which has raked in more than $2.3 million in fines for the Queensland government.
The Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service are working with two companies to test whether or not the cameras Artificial Intelligence (AI) software can detect if someone is using their mobile phone illegally or failing to wear their seatbelt with a high degree of accuracy.
What makes these cameras so advanced is that they can monitor vehicles across multi-traffic lanes.
Where will the new detection cameras be located?
The high-tech cameras can be installed on overpasses and bridges or on roadside trailers, but the exact locations of them will not be disclosed to the public. However, it is known that these cameras will be trialled in both urban and regional areas across Queensland and will be moved to multiple locations throughout the trial.
What’s the fine if these cameras catch you?
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said using a mobile phone behind the wheel was as dangerous as drunk and drug driving. He said Queensland drivers snapped during the six-month trial will not know they have been caught because warnings or fines won’t be issued. However, the police will continue to enforce the laws using traditional roadside enforcement methods and drivers are always encouraged to follow the road rules.
What happens after the trial period?
If the cameras are successfully accurate and effective, they’ll be adopted across the rest of Queensland’s state and fines will be enforced.