High Tech Down Under Catches Drivers Texting
It's Dangerous. Perhaps one of the most hazardous things many of us do daily.
In spite of warnings from police agencies, photos of horrible car crashes, public service campaigns that issue fingerbands to warn us, still we continue to text and drive.
Authorities have tried many moves designed to thwart your need to know the latest family gossip, to tell someone else about the minutiae of your day or show that perfect pose of you behind the wheel. They've tried roadblocks, fines, horrible photos, and even placed cameras on motorcycle cops helmets so they could 'look in' and catch you in the act.
Distracted Driving continues to be, and grow as a leader in the cause of traffic accidents. And it has been a hard law to enforce.
Now way down under in New South Wales police are eschewing the old 'line of sight' technique in favor of a new high-tech high-definition camera, mounted in a stationary spot and able to detect the tell-tale body movements of a texter behind the wheel.
What's more is the system records your license plate number and mails you a ticket without you knowing you've ever been caught. Like the red light and speeding camera's here in America, these Austrailian traffic cameras work 24/7 rain or shine never taking a day off, never taking its eye off of you for a moment.
Authorities pressed for the new technology following a rise in auto crashes, including a known serial texter who actually crashed into a police breathalyzer roadblock while texting, this apparently was the final straw for the Aussies.
The technology is working and in the final development stages.
I'm just trying to think back and remember what we did in vehicles prior to smartphones. Oh yeah, I remember now: we paid attention to the road in front of us, checked our rearview mirrors frequently, managed our speed, didn't have to watch so much for cars 'easing' out of their lane into ours on the freeways, gave proper turn signals and often arrived safely.
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