In a little county of Norfolk, in East Anglia in England, a new technology has been developed that can detect when a driver is using a mobile cell phone while driving. The technology detects when a phone is in use within the vehicle and triggers a flash warning sign.
This new technology in the form of road signs than can detect when a mobile phone is being used in a moving vehicle are being installed in Norfolk, in a bid to tackle usage behind the wheel.
The system, which can tell the difference between active phone calls and other activities based on the strength of a signal and how long it lasts, flashes up a red warning signal to drivers when it detects a call.
Holding a phone or making a call while driving was outlawed in many countries. In a recent survey done in the UK, 23% of people admitted to taking a call while driving.
“This scheme is a good example of how we can work with local authorities to make using a mobile phone whilst driving as socially unacceptable as drink or drug-driving”, Inspector Jonathan Chapman from Norfolk Roads Policing said.
“Any scheme which prevents this kind of behaviour is welcomed. Using a mobile phone at the wheel is one of the fatal four road offences which can have devastating consequences if it causes a fatal or serious collision.” He added.
The system is able to simultaneously detect bluetooth signals so that anyone legally in a call via their car’s speakers is not wrongly issued a warning.
Although the signs are unable to log offending number plates, such a feature is being considered for development in the future. There is also no facility for the signs to record footage.
For now, a counter will keep track of phone usage on the road to help authorities understand driver habits.
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Culled from www.jerseyeveningpost.com