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10/07/2018 12:11
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Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'

Mobile phone warning road signs 'a UK first'

Summary

A roadside system that detects if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle is being piloted in a UK first.

Phones that are being used via a vehicle's Bluetooth system or hands-free will not trigger the warning system

Despite being unable to pick up whether the driver is using the phone, it is hoped it will act as a deterrent to people making calls behind the wheel.

The technology picks up the phone signal in the vehicle and activates a roadside warning sign of a mobile with a red line through it.

Being initially tested in Norfolk, the system cannot record footage.

However, it is designed to pick up whether the phone is being used hands-free or via a vehicle's Bluetooth system and as a result will not trigger the sign.

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