Testing of new road cameras, that have the ability to detect when a driver is using their phone, has begun along the Majura Parkway.
Signs along the road have been installed to inform drivers while drivers have also been assured that No fines or warning notices will be issued during the test period.
The introduction of the cameras was announced by the ACT Government last year, following a similar rollout across New South Wales.
Deputy Director-General of Transport Canberra and City Services, Ben McHugh, said the new cameras will form part of the Government’s bid to improve safety on local roads.
“Research shows that drivers who text, browse or email on a mobile device while driving are 10 times more likely to crash.”
“Driving while using your mobile device is as dangerous as drink driving, yet every day too many Canberrans put themselves and others at risk by doing it.”
The new camera began testing on Wednesday and is expected to take up to eight weeks ahead of a full rollout across the ACT expected in the coming months.
“The test is being conducted to ensure the technology works in the ACT road environment and is one of the steps in the current ongoing procurement process.”
“When mobile device detection cameras are installed at sites across Canberra later this year, there will be a three-month grace period to assist with driver education.”
“We will also be undertaking a further advertising campaign.”
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