Manic NSW Government, Now Using AI Technology To Nick Mobile Phone Users
Motorists who fail to use Bluetooth or mobile phones on a mount face being hit with massive fines after the NSW Government who appear to be hell bent on raising revenue from camera’s, overnight switched on new cameras that detect people using a mobile phone illegally.
The cameras capable of detecting motorists illegally using mobile phones have been tested during the past six months.
During one week alone on Sydney’s M4, more than 11,000 drivers were caught illegally using a mobile phone. As of today, illegal mobile phone users face the loss of five demerit points and a $337 fine or $448 for those caught in a school zone.
During double demerit periods, motorists will lose 10 points. In one photo, a driver was caught holding a phone with both hands while the passenger steered the car as it travelled at 80km/h while a truck driver was busted using an iPad on his lap.
It appears that the NSW Government has a manic obsession with revenue raising using speed cameras even on stretches of roads where speeds have been reduced due to roadworks.
The only problem is that the cameras are kept in place at the lowest speed despite no road works taking place.
During the Xmas New Year break hundreds of kilometres of the Hume Highway between the Gold Coast and Sydney were reduced to 80 kilometres an hour causing massive traffic delays despite road builders taking a holiday during the Xmas period.
In Victoria the Government plans to introduce “a new rule” so motorists aren’t stuck going slow past an “empty work site”.
“I know how frustrating it is to slow right down for roadworks – only to drive past an empty work site,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said in his social media post.
“So, we’re making a new rule. When tools go down, speeds come back up – when it’s safe to do so.”
The proposed legislation is planned to be introduced to parliament at the next sitting, which is scheduled for February 6, 2019.
Their latest technology uses artificial intelligence and can operate in both fixed and mobile locations, 24 hours a day and in all weather conditions — “penetrate” through windshields, capturing drivers using their mobiles at the wheel.
From today, the cameras will be switched on at Anzac Pde in Moore Park and the existing test site on the M4 at the Clunies Ross St overpass at Prospect.
Drivers can make and answer calls but only if the phone is fixed in a cradle or can be operated without touching any part of the device such as via Bluetooth.
Acusensus managing director Alexander Jannink said the cameras, developed in the NSW Southern Highlands, produced images that were “highly prosecutable” and were double-checked by humans.