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Mobile phone detectors set to be used by police

Mobile phone detectors set to be used by police”

New technology which can detect when drivers are using their phones without a hands-free device will be used by Thames Valley Police (TVP). Instead, it's aimed at car/van/truck drivers, and that's a very good thing for riders, as distracted drivers are proving to be a greater and greater threat to motorcyclists' safety.

The Thames Valley and Hampshire forces, which will be the first to roll out the technology, have stated that it will not be used to enforce phone driving laws.

The detector picks up 2G, 3G and 4G signals and will therefore flash to alert people in cars who are using phones to call, text or data.

If the device determines a signal is being sent by a motorist, it will send a warning that flashes on their device's screen.

However, the detectors can not tell if it is a driver or passenger using the phone. The roadside gadget isn't meant to serve an enforcement purpose-it's only supposed to raise awareness, and telling people they shouldn't be texting and driving isn't a bad idea, even if they aren't driving at the time they're told that.

Anyone caught using a mobile while driving can get a £200 fine and six points on their licence.

'Our technology provides a visual sign to motorists who are using a mobile phone whilst driving without Bluetooth.

"My daughter's death was completely avoidable".

The Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police is determined to get motorists to stop using their mobile phones whilst driving.

Kroker killed Aimee, her stepbrothers Ethan Houghton, 13, Joshua, 11, and their mother Tracy, 45, when he ploughed into stationary traffic at 50mph on 10 August 2016.

A spokesman for the two forces said: "The technology can detect when Bluetooth is being used but cannot detect if a passenger is using the phone, but the sign will still be activated reminding motorists of the distraction of a mobile phone whilst driving".

"It is vital that people take notice and stop using their mobile phones whilst driving", she added.

"It is also apparent that you are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal collision when texting compared with drink driving".

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: "Driving and using a handheld phone do not mix, it is an incredibly unsafe and distracting combination".

The technology - which can't distinguish between a driver and a passenger using a handheld phone - does not automatically record footage and won't be used to automatically fine drivers at this stage, although future developments could make this possible.

"We have made the Department for Transport aware of this".



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