camera rolling out
THE world’s first mobile phone detection camera program will be rolled out in NSW by the end of this year.
The detection system, which operates both day and night and in all weather conditions, uses high-definition cameras to capture images of the front seat area of all vehicles to detect illegal mobile phone use.
The system uses artificial intelligence to automatically review images and detect offending drivers, and to exclude images of non-offending drivers from further action.
Images that the automated system considers likely to contain a driver illegally using a mobile phone, are verified by authorised personnel.
Warning letters will be issued for the first three months. Following this period, the penalty for offending drivers is five demerit points and a $344 fine ($457 in a school zone).
For more, visit roadsafety.transport.nsw.gov.au
family fun on offer
JOIN in the Christmas celebrations with carols at Summer Hill, Petersham and Marrickville.
St Brigid’s Parish, Marrickville, invites the community to celebrate the spirit of Christmas with carols on the church lawn. Food and refreshments, including a sausage sizzle and a range of cultural food, will be available on Saturday, December 7, 6.30-9pm.
A carol sing-a-long and a range of performances will culminate in an exciting fireworks display and a visit from Santa.
All Saints Anglican Church in Petersham will host a free family fun event with markets, food, free jumping castle, face painting, balloon animals, live music, carols singing and more, on Sunday December 1, 4-6pm.
Summer Hill Church is also inviting residents to come together and enjoy a festive community night of carols, stories and food, on Sunday, December 8, 6.30-8.30pm.