High-tech cameras that can better detect motorists on their phones and not wearing seatbelts are the latest weapon in the fight against deadly driver behavior.
It comes as new police figures released to The West Australian show more than 5500 drivers were caught using their phones last year – an average of more than 100 a week.
And worryingly that number is only getting higher, with an average of 600 drivers a month getting caught so far this year.
The newly appointed State Traffic Commander Mike Bell revealed a new suite of cameras that can monitor mobile phone use, the non-wearing of seatbelts and unlicensed vehicles would be trialled later this year.
Cdr Bell said there were “far too many” motorists on the freeways using their phones while in traffic, including truck drivers and even motorcyclists.
“It’s such a prevalent offense. . . there are way too many (instances), ”he said.
“I get that the temptation factor is there and that’s what we’ve got to try and educate people around.
“The risk factor is just absolutely considerable.”
The latest police figures given to The West show 5539 mobile phone infringements were issued in 2021.
But in the first three months of this year, 1822 infringements were handed out, above 600 a month on average.
WA motorists can be fined up to $ 1000 and four demerit points if caught using a phone while driving.