Lights, Camera, Detection: Baulkham Hills Drivers Beware

Drivers in Baulkham Hills are reminded that mobile phone detection cameras are now operating across the state.

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott said the world-first safety technology started operating on December 1 and will target illegal mobile phone use by drivers through fixed and transportable trailer-mounted cameras.

“Research has found mobile phone use while driving is associated with at least a four-fold increase in the risk of having a casualty crash, and texting increases the crash risk even further,” Mr Elliott said.

“The NSW Government is serious about reducing our state’s road toll and rolling out mobile phone detection cameras is another way we will do this.

“Independent modelling has shown these cameras could prevent around 100 fatal and serious injury crashes over five years.

“There is strong community support for more enforcement, with 80 per cent of people surveyed supporting use of detection cameras to enforce mobile phone use offences.”

For the first three months, drivers caught by a mobile phone detection camera will receive a warning letter. After that drivers will cop a $344 fine, or a $457 fine in a school zone, and five demerit points – 10 during double demerit periods.

The camera locations will not be signposted however road users will be made aware of the program through Variable Message Signs (VMS) and fixed signs on key routes. An advertising campaign is also running to advise motorists of the cameras.

Mr Elliott said the program will progressively expand to perform an estimated 135 million vehicle checks on NSW roads each year by 2023.

“Driving while using a mobile phone is a dangerous behaviour and motorists need to know that they can be caught at anytime, anywhere,” Mr Elliott said.

“Wherever a driver is on the network – the message is simple – get your hand off it.”

NSW Police will continue to enforce illegal mobile phone use and issue infringements as part of regular on-road operations during the warning phase of the camera program.

More information about the cameras – including frequently asked questions and the TV advertisement from the public education campaign supporting the introduction of the program – is available at: https://roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au/stayingsafe/mobilephones/technology.html.