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AI cameras to detect drivers not wearing seatbelts

by Jonathan Kearney

Merseyside Police has welcomed the introduction in the latest technology to support road safety enforcement with the implementation of a mobile device that utilises artificial intelligence to identify individuals using their mobile phone or traveling without a seatbelt.

The device is fitted to a van to allow for mobile enforcement meaning the technology can be deployed across Merseyside to target offenders.

Sergeant Berry from Merseyside Police 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.”

He went on to explain: “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.”

Sergeant Berry concluded: “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 supports two infrared cameras which utilise AI to detect potential offences, this data is then sent to an operator who verifies the reading and marks offences for progression. Offences are then sent to Merseyside Police to process.

Paul Fletcher from Merseyside Road Safety Partnership 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.”