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Minister ‘furious’ mobile phone detection cameras facing major hurdle

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Mobile phone detection cameras could come into force in a couple of weeks but a major feature is to be debated in parliament.

In a world-first, the cameras which can detect mobile phone use will be rolled out in 45 locations from December 1.

The new technology takes images of drivers in their vehicles before running it through a mobile phone detection software. A human eye then confirms if an offence has been committed.

For the first three months, warning letters will be sent out and no penalties will be issued.

Under legislation introduced before parliament this week, there would be no warning signs to alert motorists about the cameras.

But Labor is seeking amendments to allow mobile phone detection camera warning signs.

Transport Minister Andrew Constance tells Ray Hadley he is “furious” about the move.

“We’re trying to create a culture which says you can be busted anywhere, anytime.

“Advice back from the experts are saying that there could be 100 lives saved with having these cameras in place but that drops dramatically if you put the warning signs up.

“This is about lives, I’m not mucking around with this. So I’m going to put as much pressure on Labor in the next 24 hours to do the right thing, drop their amendments.”

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