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NZ needs better tech to catch drivers who can't put their phones down

Put down your mobile phone if you’re driving – or risk getting snapped. Australia recently made that message loud and clear in a recent campaign around Sydney that caught more than 11,000 drivers – and that technology could have benefits for New Zealand, according to one industry insider.

Mobile phone detection cameras were able to catch the law-flouting Sydney drivers in all conditions, including poor weather, high speeds, and at night.

Volvo New Zealand’s general manager Coby Duggan believes that technology could be influential in curbing the number of fatalities on New Zealand roads.

He cites New Zealand Police figures that show at least 2900 tickets are issued every months to people who use their mobile devices while driving.

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