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12 April 2019, 15:19
Drivers who illegally text and drive will easily be caught by police thanks to their newest tool
In a bid to stop drivers from using their phones while driving, the police are introducing a new device that will spot the offenders digitally.
The new detector will work by flagging up any drivers who are using a mobile without a hands-free.
The brand new technology was created by Westcotec and spots when a phone is being used behind the wheel.
In the event that it happens, a mobile phone symbol will be flashed at the vehicle, advising the driver to stop using their device.
Hampshire and Thames Valley police forces are the first to use the new technology.
A spokesperson for the forces said: "The technology can detect when Bluetooth is being used but cannot detect if a passenger is using the phone, but the sign will still be activated reminding motorists of the distraction of a mobile phone whilst driving."