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TheDrake

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That's dumb
« on: April 12, 2019, 08:00:43 AM »
Police detectors to warn mobile phone-using drivers

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The Thames Valley and Hampshire forces are rolling out the technology to show when motorists are using their phones.

A sign will flash at the driver telling them to stop using their mobile - but the detectors cannot tell if it is a driver or passenger using the phone.

The technology will not be used as an "enforcement tool", the forces said, but was instead aimed at educating motorists and identifying offending "hotspots".

So, you're going to flash a sign at somebody looking at a cellphone. That's going to be effective. It's not even useful to warn other drivers, because lots of passengers are going to be on phones.

DonaldD

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Re: That's dumb
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2019, 08:41:38 AM »
I expect that drivers who use their phones do not actually look at their phones 100% of the time while driving... since warning signs  such as these are actually shown to have reduced speeds in areas where speeding was a problem, it is very possible that this method will have an effect in reducing mobile use, if only temporarily around the sign.  If the goal is safety, rather than punishment, this would be a cheap and likely effective tool.

D.W.

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« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2019, 09:35:57 AM »
All fun and games until peeps realize it is cashing MSIN to track you everywhere you go.  :D

Other than privacy concerns, seems like a sensible idea.  I doubt it will have the same benefit as radar gun signage.  Those inclined to use their phone while driving are unlikely to care... if they notice the sign while distracted.

TheDrake

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« Reply #3 on: April 12, 2019, 10:11:36 AM »
It seems unlikely to be more effective than posting a much cheaper sign with no cameras and processing. Or flash it randomly.