New road signs can detect mobile phones are being used in vehicles

The technology detects when a phone is being used to make calls and cannot distinguish between drivers and passengers

Those caught using their mobile phones at the wheel by the police face a £200 fine and six points on their licence, following the introduction of tougher laws previous year.

The roadside system, which is being piloted in Norfolk, picks up the signal in the vehicle and activates a warning sign of a phone with a red line through it, the BBC reports.

Norfolk County Council's Road Safety team have developed the technology in partnership with vehicle sign technology local company Westcotec.

Norwich is about to open up a new front in the war on imbeciles talking on their fun devices while in charge of massive metallic battering rams, with a trial scanner able to detect mobile phone call signals installed to warn drivers to put it down and pay more attention to the road and humans instead of live notifications about sports.

People using their phones while driving will be getting warning messages if they do so in Norfolk.

The signs are in place in four locations in Norfolk before being moved on to new sites within the county in a month's time.

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Officials admit that it can not detect whether a driver or their passenger is using a phone and the warning sign may therefore flash even if no offence is being committed.

The technology can not yet log number plates or be used to help catch offending drivers, but it is hoped it will act as a deterrent.

"Any scheme which prevents this kind of behaviour is welcomed".

"Using a phone at the wheel is one of the fatal four road offences which can have devastating consequences if it causes a fatal or serious collision".

"Whilst this is still not a ideal science, the new generation of sign is significantly more accurate and reliable than the first".

It can't tell whether the driver or a passenger is using the phone, but authorities hope it will give drivers a reminder of safety concerns. It was claimed that the technology, which is initially being introduced in Norfolk, could be adapted as part of a system to catch and fine motorists, although this is not possible at present.

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