Thames Valley and Hampshire Police are rolling out the use of mobile detection technology to find drivers using devices while behind the wheel.

The technology works to show the police when motorists are using their phones – and then flashes a warning at the driver telling them to stop. The technology will not be used as an “enforcement tool”, and will instead focus on educating motorists and identifying offending “hotspots”. But at the minute, the detectors can’t tell if it is a driver or passenger using their phone.

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary have developed the new technology with Westcotec Ltd – and although the doctors are the first of their kind to be used by police in the UK, similar systems have been tried by councils. The two detectors will be located on the A34 in Oxfordshire but will be posted at different locations throughout the Thames Valley and Hampshire

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