Roads in Australia have set new fines for using the phone while driving and putting cameras to monitor the phone

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia's state of New South Wales set up cameras to monitor mobile phones on Sunday, hoping to cut road deaths by a third in two years, transport authorities said.

According to the state transport authority, the world's first cameras to detect mobile phones will work 24 hours a day, in all weather conditions, to detect a driver using a mobile phone.

"It's a system to change culture," said Michael Corpoy, assistant commissioner of the New South Wales State Police.

The law allows New South Wales to call or receive voice calls while driving

But provided you use headphones. The law prohibits all other uses of a mobile phone while driving, such as video calls, use of social media sites, and photography.

According to official statistics, 329 people have died so far this year in road accidents in the state of New South Wales, compared to 354 people in all of 2018. The state wants to reduce the number of road traffic deaths by 30 percent by 2021.

The state transport authority said mobile phone detection cameras use artificial intelligence to review images and monitor illegal phone use.

During the first three months after the operation of the monitoring systems, warning messages will be sent to offending motorists. The penalty would then be a standard fine of A $ 344 ($ 233) and a fine of A $ 457 ($ 310) in school districts.