Police Detectors Can Catch Drivers Using Mobile Phones

New technology to detect drivers using phones

Police detectors to warn mobile phone-using drivers

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire's Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit will be able to detect how many cars on a particular stretch of road are using their phones without hands free.

New technology will be introduced by police forces in the United Kingdom in order to discourage drivers from using their mobile phones when on the road.

In a joint operation with Thames Valley the Roads Policing Unit will be the first in the country to utilise new technology to help reduce the amount of people using their mobile phones whilst driving.

A sign will flash at the driver telling them to stop using their mobile - but the detectors can not tell if it is a driver or passenger using the phone.

This will happen in a similar vein to how digital road signs in crash hotspots flash to tell drivers to slow down.

The technology can detect when Bluetooth is being used but cannot detect if a passenger is using the phone, but the sign will still be activated reminding motorists of the distraction of a mobile phone whilst driving.

However, it can not tell whether the driver or a passenger is using the phone, so if a phone is being used anywhere in the vehicle and is not attached to a Bluetooth device it will flash regardless. The signs will also pick up passengers using their phones.

The campaign is being supported by Kate Goldsmith, who lost her daughter Aimee Goldsmith after a lorry driver crashed into the auto she was a passenger in while he was using his mobile phone.

Pete Williams, RAC road safety spokesperson, said: "Driving and using a handheld phone do not mix, it is an incredibly risky and distracting combination".

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"My daughter's death was completely avoidable".

"It is vital that people take notice and stop using their mobile phones whilst driving".

The first two devices - costing £6,000 each - are set to be installed at two locations on the A34 in Oxfordshire, before being rolled out across further sites in the Thames Valley and Hampshire regions.

It follows a successful trial scheme in Norfolk that was announced in July 2018.

Tougher penalties for using a mobile phone behind the wheel were introduced in March 2017, which saw the fine double to six points and a £200 fine. A statement by local authorities that says: "we can see you", to drivers using their phone behind the wheel.

The 11-year-old was killed along with her stepbrothers Josh Houghton, 11, Ethan Houghton, 13, and the brothers' mother Tracey Houghton, 45.

"Additionally, officers will be carrying out enforcement activity throughout next week".

Signs will light up with the shape of a phone and a red strike through it when the system detects someone using their phone in the vehicle. "Remember it's not worth the risk".

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