Police are being praised for new measures cracking down on one particular "absolute no-no" carried out by road users.
Merseyside Police in particular were highlighted for the increased activity in bringing justice to those who are driving using their phones and not wearing a seatbelt. Vans fitted with artificial intelligence are now set to catch out those breaking the law.
A van spotted on Dunnings Bridge Road is currently using AI to fine and punish those with their mobile phone out or without a seatbelt on, LiverpoolEcho reported.
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Deeming the frequent crimes "the fatal four", Sergeant Berry of Merseyside Police says the long arm of the law is set to include the artificial intelligence in their crime-stopping attempts.
Sergeant Berry said: "Last year 19 people died on our roads and 440 were seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Merseyside. Road safety teams across the country put emphasis on the fatal four in an attempt to drive down collisions and achieve Vision Zero.
"We want people to understand we’re using this technology and will continue to use it to make our roads safer, the new process isn’t about giving tickets, it’s about improving road safety and encouraging people to stop using their phones and start wearing seatbelts.
"Hopefully now everyone knows we’re using this technology, it will prevent them from using their phone and encourage them to wear seatbelts." The device will, according to Paul Fletcher from the Merseyside Road Safety Partnership, bring about "a change in behaviour."
Mr Fletcher said: "We’re hoping the technology will bring about a change in behaviour. The vast majority of the public recognise the dangers of using a mobile phone while driving and understand the seriousness of not wearing a seatbelt.
"For those who don’t appreciate the risks associated with both, we’re hoping this device will be enough to prevent them from continuing to put themselves and other at risk of harm."
The device utilises two infrared cameras and artificial intelligence to detect potential offences. An operator then verifies the reading, which are then sent off to Merseyside Police for processing.
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