New technology could record drivers using mobile phones

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Drivers using mobile phones behind the wheel may in future be photographed by new roadside cameras, under plans being examined by gardaí.

The Irish Times reports that Chief Superintendant Michael Hennebry, recently appointed head of the Garda National Roads Policing Bureau, confirmed the technology is now under consideration.

He said mobile phone use is considered one of the four key road safety issues, alongside speeding, drink- and drug-driving and the non-wearing of seatbelts.

“We are looking at some technology that might be coming down the tracks,” he told The Irish Times.

The “camera-based” technology would take pictures suitable for use as evidence of an offence, he said.

Prove

Despite detections, a problem for gardaí has long been the ability to prove somebody was on their phone while driving.

“There is technology out there that can assist us,” Mr Hennebry said.

“But again the key to this is changing driver behaviours and the…

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