Police device automatically detects smartphone use at the wheel
The technology will allow the forces to pinpoint the areas where usage is highest.
Thames Valley and Hampshire police will soon begin to use equipment which can automatically detect if a motorist is using their smartphone at the wheel.
Developed in conjunction with Norfolk-based road traffic technology firm Westcotec, it’s able to detect if any passing car is emitting 2G, 3G or 4G signals.
If that happens, bright lights will flash on warning sign up ahead.
Both forces have stated that this isn’t an enforcement tool, but rather a way to highlight where usage is most prevalent and raise awareness about the many risks associated with it.
They confirmed it’s not designed to react if a driver is using a hands free device.
Each force will only use one device initially but more could be rolled out over the coming months.
The current penalty for using a smartphone at the wheel is a £200 fine and six points on your license. You also could potentially end up in court or even be disqualified from driving.
Source: Be Wiser