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Hi-tech cameras to snag drivers using their mobiles AUSTRALIA

DISTRACTION is one of the leading causes of fatal road crashes in Australia but new hi-tech detection cameras that catch drivers using their mobile phones without them even knowing could soon change everything.

A New South Wales Police spokesman told news.com.au that officers currently “use a variety of methods to detect drivers using their phones while driving”.

“Line-of-site, by trained officers is the primary method of detection, however, long-ranged cameras have been used with success, and helmet cameras in motorcycle police continue to be used,” the spokesman said.

But that technology could soon be replaced by fixed position cameras that automatically issue an infringement notice without the driver even realising they’ve been sprung.

NSW Police Highway Patrol boss, Assistant Commissioner Mick Corboy, told the Nine News there were “emerging technologies coming out”.

“So the way we are going to defeat this is by video evidence, by photographic evidence and we are looking at everything possible around the world at the moment and we think we’ll get something in place fairly quickly,” Mr Corboy said.

His comments came after NSW Minister for Roads Melinda Pavey put out a call on Tuesday for potential providers to present “practical, technology-based solutions to address the problem” of mobile phone use in cars.

“Developing this technology would be a world-first and is one of the priorities of our Road Safety Plan 2021 that we announced,” Mrs Pavey said.

As part of the Road Safety Plan 2021, the NSW Government outlined its plans to implement legislative changes to allow camera technology to enforce mobile phone use offences.

Mrs Pavey said the Road Transport Legislation Amendment (Road Safety) Bill 2018 was introduced into the NSW Legislative Assembly on March 6, 2018. NSW is the first jurisdiction to introduce such legislation in Australia.

Last year, NSW Police handed out about 42,000 fines to drivers caught on their mobile phones, with the distraction increasingly emerging as a factor in fatal crashes over the past decade.

In February this year, serial texter Jakob Thornton, was allegedly engrossed in his phone when he ploughed into a roadside breath test in southwest Sydney, seriously injuring two officers.

Senior Constable Jonathon Wright had his foot and part of his lower leg amputated and Senior Constable Matthew Foley suffered a broken leg.

Alex McCredie demonstrates how the hi-tech cameras that can detect drivers using mobile phones work. Picture: Mark Stewart.

According to National Road Safety Partnership Program (NRSPP) Manager Jerome Carslake, the most common causes of road fatalities and car accidents occasioning serious harm are fatigue, speed, distraction (including mobile phones), and alcohol or drugs.

During the 12 months ending in February 2018, there were 1249 road deaths across Australia. That was a 0.2 per cent decrease compared to the total for the 12-month period ending February 2017.

In 2016, 1300 lives were lost on roads nationwide, which was an increase of nearly 8 per cent on the previous year (1205).

Mr Corboy said in a statement earlier this month that too many people made “poor decisions” while driving. “Every fatal crash is a tragedy for not only those involved, but for the families they leave behind,” he said.

“The most frustrating part about it is that most crashes are preventable if people slow down and take responsibility on our roads.”

In NSW, motorists caught using a mobile phone while driving can be slapped with a $330 fine and a loss of four demerit points, regardless of whether they’re repeat offenders or not.

The Australian Capital Territory has some of the toughest laws in the country, with a fine of $528 and loss of four demerit points for a driver caught texting or using social media behind the wheel.

Like the ACT, Western Australia also has a separate specific offence for motorists caught texting while driving. “WA Police Force is constantly looking for new ways to target offences frequently linked to serious and fatal crashes on our roads, including inattention through mobile phone use,” a WA Police spokesman told news.com.au.

“The penalty for using a mobile phone while driving is $400 and three demerit points.”

This driver was booked by Acting Sargeant Paul Stanford for using a mobile phone while driving in Brisbane City and copped a $378 fine. Picture: Jamie Hanson.

In Queensland, motorists can be fined $378 and have three demerit points recorded against their traffic history if they are caught holding a mobile phone for any reason while driving – that includes when they’re stopped at traffic lights or in congested traffic.

Learner and P1 drivers are prohibited from using hands free, wireless headsets or a mobile phone’s loudspeaker function. “At this time the QPS does not have technology to detect drivers using mobile phones,” a QLD Police spokesman told news.com.au.

Double demerit points apply for second or subsequent mobile phone offences committed within one year after an earlier offence.

A hi-tech camera which can detect people using their mobile phones while driving was trialled in Melbourne last year. Picture: Mark Stewart.

A red-light style camera capable of photographing drivers illegally using their mobile phones was trialled in Melbourne, Victoria last year. The technology – touted as a world first – detected 272 culprits during a five-hour test across just one lane of the Eastern Freeway, the Herald Sun reported.

The trial revealed that 7.1 per cent of the drivers observed infringed phone use laws. And 65.8 per cent of those offences related to motorists actively using their phone by holding it or touching it in a cradle. Authorities said in December last year that they were always looking at ways to improve road safety but had no current plans to introduce the technology.

This driver was booked for using his mobile phone whilst driving in Brisbane. Picture: Jamie Hanson.

A South Australia Police spokesman told news.com.au the state “doesn’t yet have any technologies to assist in the detection of driving while using mobile phones”.

As of November 11, 2017, the fine for using a mobile phone while driving was $327 plus a $60 government levy – totalling $387 coupled with three demerit points. Drivers are permitted to touch their phones only if they are making or receiving a call on a device mounted to the vehicle.

“To avoid doubt, nothing … authorises a person to use a mobile phone by pressing a key on the device, or by otherwise manipulating the body or screen of the phone, if the phone is not secured in a mounting affixed to the vehicle,” the legislation reads.

The SA Police spokesman said it was “lawful to pull over to the side of the road to a place where it is legal to stop and make or receive a telephone call”.

“There is no requirement to turn off the engine,” he said. “Although the rule that relates to mobile telephones does not say that the vehicle must be in an area where it is legal to park, other Australian Road Rules come into play.

“To put that into perspective, it is not legal to park at a set of traffic lights, therefore it is unlawful to use a hand held phone while stationary at those lights.”

Acting Sargeant Paul Stanford speaks to a motorist in Brisbane City.

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Australia’s most wanted fugitives named by police in these pics

Police launch Operation Roam in the hope of getting the community to assist with catching 18 individuals on the run from the law.

The country’s most wanted offenders are currently at large and possibly hiding in plain sight in communities across the nation, according to Crime Stoppers Australia.

Operation Roam: Rogue Radar kicks off today (August 21-27), in an attempt to catch Australia’s most wanted.

“The individuals named in this year’s Operation Roam are responsible for a range of offences, including murder and armed robbery,” Chairman of Crime Stoppers Australia, Trevor O’Hara said.

“These criminals could be working alongside you in your community. It might be a new person you’ve noticed in your area or a more familiar face such as a neighbour, work colleague, friend or even a family member.”

Last year 19 persons of interest were named as part of the campaign. Of those police were able to locate and arrest 11 offenders.

This year four fugitives are wanted in New South Wales, six in Queensland, six in Victoria, three in South Australia and one in the Northern Territory.

“We urge members of the public to visit http://www.rogueradar.com.au to see if they recognise any of these faces and report anything they know about these individuals.

“Many of these people are wanted for a range of serious offences so we advise members of the public to put them on your radar but do not approach them under any circumstances.”

If you have any information on anyone on the Rogue Radar list, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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POT SMOKER SELFIE WITH POLICE IN IOWA USA

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Selfie Absorbed: Gilbert H. Phelps, 20, of Iowa City, Iowa, was pulled over for speeding, but was arrested on charges of driving under the influence. Police say Phelps admitted to smoking pot, and was “measurably impaired” in his driving. While going through sobriety testing at the station, Phelps asked if he could take a “selfie” with the officer for posting on Snapchat. “To which I happily obliged,” the officer noted in his report. Phelps added “stickers” to the photo to illustrate police cars pulling him over. (RC/Cedar Rapids Gazette) …Which is an automatic fail.

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Henry Sapiecha

FRASER COAST QLD AUSTRALIA POLICE AT THEIR ABSOLUTE BEST-THANK YOU

When one thinks about police being ‘tax collectors’ & stuff like that one can easily lose site of the fact that they are part of the system & have a job to do.They have to perform their duties as directed by their superiors & government [voted in] ministers [Who in most cases are not fit or qualified to make the decisions they make].

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These police were to be held in the highest esteem. They were friendly & courteous. The only people that need to fear them are the people who are the wrong doers

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Please let us be grateful that we have a police system that at least is in the main are not corrupt except for a few exceptions

However yours truly has had the pleasure of interacting with police people of late [Today] & was extremely impressed with their beautiful natures but professional  friendliness.

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They did so with no threatening manner or stand over approach as has been stated by some at times.Their approach to me was merely to get in contact with some lady I know that has a connection with me [As per the police data base] & wanted to know how to contact her.

I made it easy for them in saying that I will be seeing her during the day & will pass on the message & the officers will ring me later that day to confirm that she has been notified.

Yes the officers did front up to us in the monthly flea markets at Maryborough Qld & needed to confirm that I had passed on the message & spoke to my lady friend direct.

We read in the news all the time about some officers using tactics that deserve criticism but we should be extremely grateful that we are not operating under a repressive regime & the police are a tool of a dictator state

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POLICE LOOK AT GETTING THEIR OWN PERSONAL BODY CAMERAS BECAUSE OFFICIAL SYSTEM TOO SLOW TO STORE VIDEO FOOTAGE

Web giants looked to for Queensland police crime footage storage solution

The Next Generation of Cops Will Always Be Recording

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In 2010 the Oakland, CA, Police Department became the first large police force in the country to wear body cameras that record everything the officers see, say, and do. Chief Sean Whent describes the transition:<br />
"There was some skepticism at first, but the officers have been won over. They really see the value in it. The cameras show that they are hardworking and do the right thing consistently. There are other factors to attribute this to as well, but over the last two years we're looking at a more than 50 percent reduction in complaints. Those complaints that do come in, we're able to resolve them a lot faster. And while occasionally we'll catch somebody doing something they shouldn't be, the video evidence used in complaints overwhelmingly supports the police—more than 90 percent support the officer.<br />
"It used to be that you turn on the camera when you get out of the car to walk up to the car you've pulled over. We realized that works great for your routine car stop, but it does not work if it becomes a pursuit. So now, before you even attempt to make a car stop, you turn on the camera.<br />
"The cameras are not perfect. They show a frontal view from the direction the officer's chest is facing, but that doesn't necessarily mean the officer is looking in that direction or that he isn't talking to somebody at his side. Also, nighttime video is not great. The technology may improve, but you don't want better vision than the officer is capable of seeing either, because then there's no way to know what the officer actually saw.<br />
"One of our major goals as a police department over the last few years has been to work on trust within the community. This is the way of the future. Law enforcement going forward has to be dedicated to some level of transparency. The public demands that, and rightfully so."<br />

LA POLICE DEPT. TO BUY AROUND 7,000 BODY CAMERAS FOR ITS POLICE FORCE

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced this week that the city has signed a contract to buy 800 TASER International Axon body cameras, using $1.5 million raised from private sources. In addition, the city plans to buy and deploy another 6,200 body cameras this coming year.

“Out on the street, things aren’t always clear cut,” Mayor Garcetti said in a December 16 statement to the press. “These cameras will help law enforcement and the public alike find the truth — and truth is essential to the trust between the LAPD and the community, which has been a key factor in lowering crime to record lows.”

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TASER is one of the top four vendors in the body camera market, and the company’s Axon cameras are in service with numerous police departments, including San Francisco and San Diego. Axon has a 130-degree lens with a 640 x 480 resolution and a 14-hour battery life. Incidents are digitally recorded on the camera and then uploaded to a cloud-based service called Evidence.com. That’s the main selling point for Axon, TASER CEO Rick Smith says—it relieves police officers and departments of having to upload all this footage themselves.
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Following the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 killing of Mike Brown, President Obama promised that the federal government would set aside $75 million in matching funds to help law enforcement agencies purchase body 50,000 cameras.

Initially, police unions were opposed to body cameras as being too invasive, but in recent years, and especially after Ferguson, some have been coming around. In Los Angeles, the representative organization for rank-and-file cops has stated that it doesn’t object to cameras. Tyler Izen, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, noted in a December 16 statement that the devices “will be useful in defending our officers against false allegations.”
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Still, some have wondered if videotaping cops will make a difference, especially following a Staten Island jury’s decision not to indict officers involved in the recorded choking death of Eric Garner. Without referring to specific cases, Smith notes that psychological studies have shown that even posters depicting watching eyes have an effect on people. Cops will also behave differently, he contends, if they know from the get-go that they are being videotaped as opposed to already “being in a melee and someone whipping at a cellphone.”

What if cops forget to turn on their cameras, or deliberately turn them off? TASER plans next year to roll out Axon Signal, a system that would automatically “turn the camera on for the officer when he puts the lights on in his car or when he pulls his Taser out of his holster or” following “a whole of bunch of [other] wireless triggers.”

Of course, that won’t stop an officer from turning off his camera, but such an action wouldn’t look too good for the cop, Smith says. Besides, no system is foolproof.

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How Police Officer Body Cameras Work

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Long before the Ferguson grand jury’s decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown, which this week prompted President Obama to call for more body cameras to record police activity, departments around the country had been looking at acquiring more of these devices. But with the President’s promise to provide federal funds, the pace of adoption is about to speed up greatly.

“If the federal government puts another $75 million into this and puts another 50,000 cameras in the field, that would significantly accelerate the pace at which the markets are moving,” says Rick Smith, CEO of TASER International, which makes AXON body cameras.

According to Smith, some police unions have resisted body cameras, thinking they might be used as a gotcha device to punish cops who made innocent mistakes. But things are changing because of Ferguson—the controversy convinced many police officers that body cameras protect them too, Smith says. “You now have officers say, ‘I don’t want to be Officer Wilson. I want a camera, so I can show my side of the story,’” he says.

Who Makes Them

The top three players in the body camera market are TASER International, VIEVU, and Digital Ally. TASER offers two types of AXON cameras. One is a compact body camera, smaller than a deck of cards and worn on the officer’s chest. The other, AXON flex, connects by wire to a lens that can be magnetically mounted to a pair of Oakley sunglasses. This layout allows the camera to turn with the officer’s head.

Both AXON cameras have an internal digital storage of 8GB and a battery life of about 14 hours, so the devices won’t die during an officer’s shift. They capture a wide field of view through a 130-degree fisheye lens. The resolution is just 640 x 480, because HD puts demands on storage, bandwidth, and battery power. “The reason why we chose not to go HD on the camera is because it makes your files sizes 5-10 times larger,” Smith says.taser-axon-police body camera image www.policesearch.net

TASER head-mounted AXON Flex camera.

By contrast, rival provider VIEVU offers a 1280 × 720 LE3 body camera. Company president Steve Lovell says the high definition is advantageous when “when it comes to courtroom evidence.” That tends to produce larger files, but the VIEVU camera has 16GB of internal memory and 12 hours of recording time thanks to an extended battery pack. The LE3’s field of view is just 68 degrees, much smaller than TASER’s. That’s deliberate, VIEVU officials say—they designed the camera without night vision, infrared, or a fisheye lens because it is meant to record just what the officer would be able to see, Lovell says.

Because it would generate too much data and drain the batteries, these cameras aren’t recording non-stop. But that’s a problem—if an incident were to catch an officer off-guard, it could be halfway over by the time he or she can turn on the camera. For such situations, the TASER AXON cameras have a buffering capability that records the 30 seconds of activity that happened before the police officer turned on the camera. The VIEVU LE3 lacks that buffering capability, but Lovell says there’s a reason. “When the officer does not have direct control over the start/stop of the recording, the Officer may accidentally record in a location that is illegal,” Lovell says.

Smith says the AXON camera system does not record audio during buffering mode, so non-work conversations will not be recorded. In addition, there’s a privacy function that allows the officer to stop all audio and video recording.

The Chain of Custody in the Cloud

AXON’s police cams generate 2GB of data per officer per day. That’s evidence. “You can’t just use Dropbox or some sort of consumer application to store your files,” Smith says—there has to be a secure, tamper-proof way to store data that adheres to the rules safeguarding the chain of custody. AXON uses its cloud-based, subscription service called Evidence.com.

“We have a dedicated hardware dock, which is like a charging station but is in fact an encryption module that connects to the camera, pulls data off of it, encrypts, and sends it to Evidence.com for storage and for… when the data is being handled,” he says. We spent tens of millions of dollars building it—the project leader was project manager for Xbox Live.”

VIEVU offers its own cloud-based solution, VERIPATROL Cloud, but doesn’t require it as part of the camera system, Lovell says. Both systems rely on digital signatures to safeguard against tampering.

Details Matter

A 2012-2013 study conducted with the Rialto, Calif., police department found that wearing body cameras resulted in a 60 percent decline in the use of force by police and a whopping 88 percent drop in citizen complaints against officers.

For those outside the industry, the call for more body cameras “sounds good in theory, but the details matter and implementation issues abound,” says Patrick Eddington, a civil liberties and homeland security policy analyst at the CATO Institute, in Washington, D.C.

More broadly, it reflects a breakdown in public trust of law enforcement. “Technology alone can’t fix that problem,” he adds. “Only a return to demilitarized, community-grounded policing practices—with stringent and effective oversight mechanisms—will help rebuild trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Henry Sapiecha

FINES TO INCREASE FOR DELIBERATE DISTORTING OF NUMBER PLATES TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR POLICE

 

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DO NOT WASH YOUR CAR TO AVOID FINES FROM BIG BROTHER

A record spike in drivers intentionally altering their plates has prompted a dramatic fine increase.

West Australians who deliberately obscure their number plates risk a $1000 fine, up from the current $50 penalty.

Acting police minister John Day said on Sunday that a record spike in drivers intentionally altering their plates had prompted the dramatic fine increase.

Mr Day said the most likely reason for the spike was hoon drivers trying to prevent detection from speed and red-light cameras.

“They could also have outstanding warrants, not have a licence or be part of an organised crime syndicate and want to deliberately avoid detection,” Mr Day said.

Mr Day said drivers were installing flipping mechanisms, remote controlled shutters, using protective films and bending the corners of plates to avoid getting caught.

Opposition spokeswoman for police Michelle Roberts said while she welcomed the fine, the government had been slow to introduce a meaningful deterrent for a problem raised years ago.

A spokeswoman for Mr Day said the fine had been implemented since September 26 as part of a raft of penalty changes.

She said the government would start to receive information on how many people had been fined in about a month.

It seems that the latest number plate reading devices have instigated a concern that number plate reading by police would be difficult if number plates were distorted in some way.

There goes big brother sitting in an arm chair getting fat on revenue raising & picking on motorists via remote cameras so the system can send fines to you in the mail for whatever reason they invent that sounds like it has justifiable community merit

Refer our earlier article on number plate reading devices.

Henry Sapiecha

THE FUNNIEST POLICE FORCE IN THE WORLD IN PICTURES

The Reykjavík metropolitan police department’s official Instagram account is hilarious

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Goofing around: A screengrab of the Police department’s Instagram page. Source: Supplied

THERE’S having fun on the job and then there is this.

Reykjavik’s metropolitan police department has become a viral sensation with their Instagram account, gaining more than 82,000 followers online.

And why wouldn’t you follow a police force whose days seem to consist of taking goofy selfies, hitting the gym, scoring a hipster cup of coffee or getting around on bikes?

There’s even a Baywatch style #DavidHasselhoff shot, there are kittens featured, and the occasional reflective music clip thrown in. Maybe the Australian Federal Police could take a leaf out of their book?

Take a look at the rest of them here.

Henry Sapiecha

 

 

Traffic cops on the job