New Brighton and Hove warning signs know when mobiles are being used in cars

Posted On 22 Oct 2015 at 12:20 pm

Flashing signs which can detect when people are using a mobile phone inside a car has been trialled in Brighton and Hove to warn drivers to keep their eyes on the road.

VAS signThe vehicle activated sign (VAS) can sense when a mobile phone is being used in a vehicle as it approaches, and will then flash a warning.

One has already been placed in the city, and the council is hoping to get it starting again next month.

The signs have been funded by the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership (SSRP), which hopes to persuade people not to break the law by driving and using a phone.

A spokesman for Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The mobile sign detects when someone is on the phone when driving and shows a display to remind drivers not to use hand-held mobiles while driving.

“It does not store images or data and is simply a warning/reminder and is a valuable road safety tool, much like the speed sensors that also remind people to keep to the limits.

“The signs are not operating at the moment but we are hoping to resume in November.”

The sign, developed by a local company called Thermotor, will be rolled out across Sussex if the trial proves a success.

A spokesman for SSRP said: “It is important to stress that this campaign is entirely educational. The idea is to alert drivers to the law, and spark behavioural change, instead of issuing fines and points.”

  1. Rostrum Reply

    Soon they will also record the Phone details, Photo the driver and car and issue a ticket!

  2. Al Bionstreet Reply

    The sign “can sense when a mobile phone is being used in a vehicle…” – so how does it know whether the phone is being used by a passenger, or hands-free? If I were one of the Dragons and the company behind this came looking for investment, I think I’d be saying “I’m out” pretty speedily. How much have the Safer Roads Partnership spaffed up the wall on this chocolate teapot?

  3. Moon Reply

    So how is it going to determine whether you are using an app for navigation or using it for a phone call?

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