NSW trial: cameras to nab texting drivers

NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey says cameras will soon be used to nab texting drivers
NSW Roads Minister Melinda Pavey says cameras will soon be used to nab texting drivers

World-leading technology to detect texting drivers will be trialled in NSW within months as the State Government vows to crackdown on drivers doing the wrong thing.

Roads Minister and local MP Melinda Pavey wants NSW to have the strongest rules in the country as authorities plead with drivers to put their phones away while driving.

"People aren't respecting the rules," the minister told 2GB.

It comes as more than 2000 NSW drivers have been caught texting when behind the wheel since two police officers were critically injured after an alleged repeat offender ploughed into them in Sydney's south-west less than a month ago.

"(We) certainly have a problem. Technology is going to be our friend in this," Mrs Pavey said.

"(We're) getting the technology right so we can have random testing of people doing the wrong thing.

"It's world-leading technology ... and the trial will start in about four months."

The technology consists of red-light-style cameras capable of detecting mobile phones being used on a driver’s lap or on passenger seats.

Mrs Pavey said the legislative framework is being worked out alongside the trial.

Authorities will also look at strengthening penalties. Using a mobile while behind the wheel currently attracts a $330 fine and the loss of four licence points

"We want to have the strongest rules in Australia," the minister said.

Australian Associated Press

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