Victorian road safety cameras catch drivers on phones in Laverton, Wollert and Hillside

Victorian road safety cameras catch drivers on phones in Laverton, Wollert and Hillside

A three-month trial of new road safety cameras in Victoria has revealed the locations where most drivers are caught on their phones. The trial assessed 679,438 vehicles and one in 42 were detected to be illegally using their mobile phone behind the wheel. This was also during a lockdown where Stage 4 restrictions were in place, so the number could be even higher when more cars are on the road. Portable cameras were used across both metropolitan and regional Victoria. They found the highest rates of mobile phone use was at: • Old Geelong Road in Laverton with a one-in-28 offence rate One in 667 drivers were also caught not wearing a seatbelt, while others were spotted driving without hands on the wheel or with pets on laps. “Using your phone while driving is unbelievably dangerous, and this trial has showed just how common it is on Victorian roads,” Acting Emergency Services Minister Danny Pearson said on Friday. “It’s unacceptable that so many Victorians are putting others’ lives at risk.” The distracted-driving technology, which is already in place across NSW, …
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