AUSTRALIA - AI to Catch Drivers Using Mobile Phones

Arno Froese

Sending text messages or talking on the mobile phone while driving can increase risks for potentially fatal accidents.

New South Wales in Australia intends to address this problem. The New South Wales Transport revealed that it will roll out special cameras designed to catch drivers using mobile phones.

The detection cameras use artificial intelligence to detect drivers using mobile phones 24 hours a day. They can also survive in all weather conditions.

The devices will be set up in fixed and trailer-mounted spots across New South Wales starting in December.

Drivers will not get any warning if they are approaching any of these phone detection cameras.

A six-month pilot trial that involved three cameras checked 85 million cars. During the trial period, 100,00 drivers were captured illegally using their phones. Some were caught using Facebook and texting, while others did worse things.

“We saw people on Facebook, people texting. We saw people trying to be tricky by having their phone below the window line of their vehicles,” said Roads Minister Melinda Pavey.

The number of drivers captured using their phones would have translated to $34.5 million in fines, but no fines were issued during the trial period., 22 September 2019

Arno's commentary

This system is nearly foolproof. Pictures produced by installed cameras supply virtually 100% verification of violation by drivers. The reason to implement such a system is twofold, as the article indicates: it would add $34.5 million of fines to the coffers of the government, and such control would definitely decrease serious accidents.

For example, throughout Germany, cameras are installed catching speeders. The driver will only see a flash of light for a split-second, and a few days later he will receive a letter in the mail with the evidence and the bill for the fine.

Here we are reminded of the words of Jesus, which apply to our spiritual life: “For there is nothing hid, which shall not be manifested; neither was any thing kept secret, but that it should come abroad” (Mark 4:22).

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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