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AI cameras that spy on road users not a ‘money grab' but scheme will 'catch drivers out'


New AI cameras which can “spy” on drivers inside their vehicles will “catch many drivers out” and hit them with expensive fines, according to an expert.

Jake Smith, director of Absolute Reg, warned the new tools should “make drivers think twice” while behind the wheel with the tools expected to be rolled out nationally in the near future.

The new directors are designed to quickly analyse whether a driver is travelling without a seatbelt or using a mobile phone behind the wheel.

Jake refused to accept the scheme was simply a “money” grab from officials with the expert backing the safety benefits behind the new proposal.

It comes a month after 10 police forces across the UK confirmed they would roll out the new AI cameras in a fresh trial.

Durham, Greater Manchester Police, Humberside, Staffordshire, West Mercia, Northamptonshire, Wiltshire, Norfolk; Thames Valley Police and Sussex are all involved in the project.

Jake explained: “The introduction of the AI cameras will inevitably catch many drivers out on UK roads, leaving them with hefty fines and penalties.

“Although It is illegal to hold or use a phone while driving, or travel without a seatbelt, unfortunately, many motorists fail to follow the rules.

“The cameras can spy inside a vehicle to catch law-breaking drivers and send their details to the police.

“The implementation of the new AI technology may seem like another ploy to get money from motorists, but introducing them is a positive step forward in making Britain’s roads safer.

“The cameras should make drivers think twice before driving dangerously, and reduce incidents where people are killed or seriously injured.

“Motorists should expect other police forces across the UK to be rolling out these AI cameras and should ensure they are always driving safely and following the rules of the road.

“We expect the AI camera system will be deployed nationwide promptly once proven successful in police trials and catch out thousands of offenders.”

Images are then quickly processed and passed onto police officers for further consideration. According to National Highways, drivers can be slapped with a £500 fine if they are seemingly driving without a seatbelt.

This can rise to a whopping £1,000 charge for using a mobile phone behind the wheel alongside six penalty points on their driving licence.

The latest trial with the 10 police forces began on February 19 and will run until March 2025. National Highways also revealed there are plans for the technology to be fixed to gantries for the first time.

Matt Staton, National Highways Head of National Road User Safety Delivery said: “We know that distracted driving and not wearing seatbelts were key factors in a high number of incidents that resulted in people being killed or seriously injured.

“Working with our police partners we want to reduce such dangerous driving and reduce the risks posed to both the drivers and other people. We believe that using technology like this will make people seriously consider their driving behaviour.”

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