‘Smart’ speed cameras coming to UK roads and they can see drivers using phones

Intelligent speed cameras which can detect drivers using phones and not wearing seatbelts look set to be rolled out across UK roads. Some of the cameras, which can see into cars, are already up and running on motorways and other major routes as part of a national trial. They use the latest technology to detect motorists breaking road rules most likely to contribute to deadly crashes on our roads.

More of them are being fitted in the north of England following a successful trial in parts of the UK, with a national rollout likely to follow over the next few years. The increased surveillance will make it harder for drivers to get away with using or touching their phones at the wheel, which remains widespread on our roads. Trials showed that 0.3% were observed using a mobile phone while driving, rising to 0.8% in the evenings.

Don't miss the biggest and breaking stories by signing up to the BirminghamLive newsletter here[2] This could mean 150,000 to 400,000 British drivers are still using handheld devices illegally while behind the wheel. Only 13,332 people were caught and punished for this offence in 2023, official stats show.

Motorists are now being warned to prepare for increased monitoring over the coming years. Motoring expert Gary Digva, from Road Angel[3], said: "Introducing these high-tech cameras is a positive step forward in helping to reduce the number of accidents caused by motorists using handheld devices while driving. "By capturing drivers holding and using mobile phones behind the wheel, the new cameras will be able to penalise many more motorists than the old legacy systems are currently able to.

Despite the number of drivers being observed using handheld devices falling, the recent Government study shows that as many as 400,000 Brits could still be breaking the law and putting lives at risk.

"The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice show that convictions of drivers using a handheld device nearly doubled compared to the previous year as new cameras were introduced.

As the Vector SR and other high-tech cameras capable of seeing inside vehicles replace legacy systems across Britain the number of prosecutions is set to skyrocket."

References

  1. ^ Martin Lewis says millions of drivers could get GBP1,500 compensation and gives three-month warning (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  2. ^ Don't miss the biggest and breaking stories by signing up to the BirminghamLive newsletter here (www.birminghammail.co.uk)
  3. ^ Road Angel (74n5c4m7.r.eu-west-1.awstrack.me)