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Mobile phone and seatbelt camera detection trial

The Queensland Government trialled new cameras in Jul–Dec 2020. These cameras are designed to save lives by detecting:

  • people using mobile phones illegally while driving 
  • drivers and their front seat passengers not wearing seatbelts.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads and the Queensland Police Service worked with 2 companies to test the cameras across Queensland.

About the trial

Illegal mobile phone use and failing to wear a seatbelt cost lives and account for significant serious injuries on Queensland roads.

New camera technology is available to help detect these actions. 

Trialling this new technology to help save lives is a key action in Queensland's Road Safety Action Plan 2020–21.

The trial tested if cameras with Artificial Intelligence, (AI) software can detect if someone is using their mobile phone illegally, or failing to wear their seatbelt with a high degree of accuracy.

The findings from the trial revealed that the camera technology can successfully pick up illegal mobile phone use and failure to wear a seat belt.

During the trial 4.8 million vehicles were monitored, and of these vehicles:

  • More than 15,000 mobile phone offences were detected.
  • More than 2,200 seatbelt offences were detected.

These cameras are now being rolled out across Queensland from the end of July 2021. 

More information

Find out more about the dangers of driver distraction and failing to wear a seat belt by visiting the StreetSmarts website.

Find out more about mobile phone restrictions when driving.

Last updated
26 July 2021