Mobile phone speed camera Monocam recognizes smartphone use at the wheel!

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While driving, talking on the phone at the wheel is without speakerphone prohibited. This applies to German roads as well as to many European countries. Young people in particular often lack foresight and numerous accidents are caused by inattentive drivers. The Mobile phone ban can hardly be effectively enforced in practice. The chances of catching a driver red-handed with a smartphone to his ear are too small. Yes, new Cell Phone Speed ​​Camera should fix it!

More safety on the road with cell phone speed cameras!

Mobile phones at the wheel represent an underestimated danger. They distract in traffic, which leads to accidents, especially in critical situations - often with a fatal outcome. Cell phone speed cameras aim to detect drivers who are using their smartphones while driving. Get caught in the act, one flutters Notice of fine in house. Fines of €100 and more are a deterrent and contribute to greater road safety.

A Dutch system called monocam helps to record drivers with smartphones at the wheel and ask them to pay. Devices equipped with cameras are installed above the roadways, for example on bridges. The devices contain state-of-the-art technology. They film diagonally into the vehicle cabins from above, and they also register the number plates rushing by, even in heavy traffic. Within fractions of a second, high-performance lenses and integrated AI software components determine whether the driver has their smartphone to their ear (in their hand). The mobile phone speed cameras provide razor-sharp photos as evidence. With automated processes, however, there are always error rates. For this reason, police forces also check each individual suspected case on the monitor. If clear violations can be seen in the pictures, the vehicle owner must expect a fine.

Cell phone speed cameras and data protection are at loggerheads

The mobile phone speed cameras used in Germany come from the Netherlands and have already proven themselves abroad in the fight against inattentive drivers. Recently she has the police of Rhineland-Palatinate as part of a pilot project also tested. However, the response was not necessarily positive, as data protection officials in particular have concerns. The processing of personal data, including image and video material, is subject to strict rules in Germany. The state commissioner for data protection and freedom of information in Rhineland-Palatinate was therefore involved before the pilot project. Although nothing stood in the way of general approval for the use of mobile phone speed cameras, Prof. Dr. Kugelmann pointed out that there could be lawsuits due to the lack of laws. And so it was.

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The 46-day test phase underpinned the lawsuit prognosis. During this period, people were flashed 327 times and the corresponding fines were issued. But just a few days later, the first contradictions began to arrive. Many of those affected are convinced that the recordings without approval and without a legal basis have no legal validity. Thus, the collection of data without cause represents an encroachment on the fundamental right to informational self-determination. In her opinion, the procedure is not permitted. A statement on this from the state commissioner was therefore not long in coming. It said that although vehicles were recorded without a concrete basis, the procedure was in line with the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In three cases, the fine notices had a judicial aftermath, but in March 2023 the lawsuits were heard by the Trier district court rejected. The reasoning didn't really satisfy anyone. In it, the court consolidated the plaintiffs' points of view, but the evaluations are permissible within the meaning of the road traffic regulations, because the data collected are above the right to informational self-determination. After the dismissal, some plaintiffs already resigned before the appeal Higher Regional Court at. A decision is expected in the course of 2023. Nevertheless, ten devices are to be installed in Rhineland-Palatinate by 2023 be used across the board and the legal basis is also planned for the rest of the year.

The advantages of cell phone speed cameras!

There are many reasons for cell phone speed cameras. According to the Ministry of Transport, in 2021 there were over 1.000 accidents on German roads caused by inattentive drivers. and the smartphone at the wheel, which the vehicle driver used, often had complicity in it – either to make a phone call, write an SMS/WhatsApp, etc., or to surf the Internet. Truck drivers were there too. However, anyone who transports dangerous substances from A to B must always be focused on the task at hand. However, the control options in this regard are limited. It is often pure coincidence when law enforcement officers catch a driver with his cell phone to his ear. That can change cell phone speed cameras to change!

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In addition, of course, there is also the income for the state coffers. If more drivers are prosecuted, they inevitably increase. Anyone who uses the phone while driving without a hands-free facility risks a fine of €100. Come in addition 1 point in Flensburg. In the case of endangering or causing an accident, the penalty even increases to up to €200. Also become 2 points and 1 month driving ban due. In other European countries, the laws are sometimes even much stricter. Portugal and France, for example, take more rigorous action against inattentive drivers. In the Netherlands there is one ticket per violation €240.

With cell phone speed cameras Australia gained experience for the first time in 2019. The devices were put through their paces for five months. With the help of two systems 100.000 people identify those who were on the phone while driving. These impressive numbers quickly dispelled any doubts about its effectiveness. In the same year, 43 additional devices were put into operation. Things were similar in the Netherlands. After pilot projects with two systems, 18 more were added. However, there are initial difficulties in almost all countries, since the introduction always calls for skeptics.

The use of mobile phone speed cameras is also discussed controversially in this country. On the one hand there are the advocates, because the systems actually contribute to safer road traffic. Accidents caused by inattentiveness cannot be avoided, but they can be reduced. On the other hand, there are the privacy advocates. In your opinion, the legal position not clear. Above all, the question of how to deal with personal data is a sticking point. However, the reasons are difficult to follow, because facial photos and the recording of license plates have long been common in regular speed camera checks.

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