Distracted Victorian drivers in sight of new long-lens cameras

By: Ruza Zivkusic-Aftasi

Thirteen-day trial commences on new long-lens cameras capable of detecting distracted drivers up to 700 metres away

Distracted Victorian drivers in sight of new long-lens cameras
New portable Ranger camera contains long lens able to detect drivers using mobile phones or driving without a seatbelt up to 700 metres away

The first camera able to detect distracted drivers up to 700 metres away comes into use today.

The portable Ranger camera contains a long lens and can nab those using a mobile phone, driving without a seatbelt or eating at the wheel long before they spot the camera.

It will be trialled over a 13-day period starting today.

Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Robert Hill says there will be an increased police presence across the state over the Easter and Anzac Day holidays.

"This is one of the most significant road policing operations conducted in this state over the Easter period," Hill says.

"History tells us that we experience significant trauma on our roads during the Easter holiday break.

"Over the past five years, 1,385 people have suffered as a result of 1,018 collisions on Victorian roads.

"That means 22 people have been killed, 528 have suffered life threatening or life changing injuries and 835 have suffered minor injuries.

"We know motorists are quick to put their phone down and put their seatbelt on when they see a police car. With this long lens camera, we see them first."

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