New tech to be trialled by more police forces

A TRIAL to test how well AI can check on whether motorists are driving illegally is being expanded by National Highways.

Ten police forces will be using cameras which can detect motorists who are not wearing a seatbelt or using mobile phones while driving.

The new kit – launched in 2021 - is mounted on a vehicle or trailer and has multiple cameras giving differing views of drivers and their passengers.

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The police forces taking part in the trial are Durham, Greater Manchester Police, Humberside, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Norfolk, Thames Valley Police and Sussex.

Data collected is processed and sent to the police who then inform offending drivers of their actions through warning letters outlining the dangers of their behaviour.

Drivers are four times more likely to crash if they are using a mobile phone while driving and are twice as likely to die if not wearing a seatbelt.

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