Published: Sat, July 14, 2018
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Norfolk Trials New Mobile Phone Detection System

Norfolk Trials New Mobile Phone Detection System

This shows an illuminated mobile phone icon within a bright red circle and diagonal red line.

Using the latest technology the unit is able to identify what type of signal is being transmitted or received by the handset and whether it is being used via the vehicle's Bluetooth system.

Although the signs can't tell whether a driver or passenger is using a handset, it is hoped they will act as a reminder of the dangers of using phones while driving.

The technology can not record cars' registration or issue fines, but the data it collects will be shared with police to set up potential future crackdowns.

Norwich is about to open up a new front in the war on imbeciles talking on their fun devices while in charge of massive metallic battering rams, with a trial scanner able to detect mobile phone call signals installed to warn drivers to put it down and pay more attention to the road and humans instead of live notifications about sports.

Mr Spinks said: 'The aim of the technology is to remind drivers of the law and to get off their phones'.

However, Norfolk's Eastern Daily Press news site says the system does gather data about how often warnings are activated and when.


Norfolk police have been particularly eager to crackdown on phone use at the wheel, with more than 120 people caught committing the offence during Operation Ringtone - which ran in the county in January.

"We are glad to assist Norfolk County Council in promoting awareness about the dangers of mobile phone use in the vehicle".

The digital sign, the first of its kind, uses technology that can detect if a mobile phone is in use in a passing vehicle, the BBC reports.

The new system comprises a sensor capable of detecting vehicles where there are active 2G, 3G and 4G phone signals.

Iain Temperton, team manager for road safety at the county council, described it as "cutting-edge technology" which would be used as an "educational tool" throughout Norfolk to try and tackle the problem.

Using a mobile phone at the wheel now carries a punishment of six penalty points and a £200 fine, which was increased from three penalty points and a £100 fine a year ago.

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