In excess of 300,000 drivers were caught using their mobile phones while driving in a month-long trial for high-tech detection cameras in NSW.
More than 11,000 drivers were detected each day in October using their mobile phone illegally during a test period for world-first technology to be rolled out next year by the state government.
On Sunday Roads Minister Melinda announced Australian start-up Acusensus had been chosen to trial two cameras on the M4 motorway and Anzac Parade, as well as one in mobile form.
"It is a very dangerous act to keep your eyes down low and not on the road which is why this technology we expect will have a major impact on improving driver behaviour and therefore road safety," Ms Pavey told reporters.
The technology uses a radar-based sensor system to automatically detect vehicles and record data, including photos taken through car windshields , which is then automatically analysed by artificial intelligence and passed on for review by a person.
In an image captured during the trial one motorist is shown with both hands on their phone while their passenger holds the wheel for them.
"I think it's really disappointing, some of those images that we see, because we know we shouldn't do it and yet people are still taking that risk and we need another set of measures to warn people off that behaviour," Ms Pavey said.
A warning phase will start in January and run for three months during which motorists will be warned via letters but not fined if caught using their phones.
Following this period if the technology, which can operate day or night and detect cars driving up to 300km/h, is considered without fault the state government aims to introduce it permanently and begin to fine motorists breaking the law.
Acusensus' managing director Alex Jannink said he was motivated to develop the technology after a close friend was killed by an impaired and distracted driver five years ago.
"I think that James would be proud of any solution that reduces trauma on our roads," Mr Jannink said.
Australian Associated Press