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Speed cameras' new call of duty

PUBLISHED: 13:43 23 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:53 23 August 2010

SPEED cameras are to be deployed to catch motorists using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts following a successful trial. The move follows a four-month trial in Medway between November 2008 and February this year which is now expected to be extende

SPEED cameras are to be deployed to catch motorists using mobile phones and not wearing seatbelts following a successful trial.

The move follows a four-month trial in Medway between November 2008 and February this year which is now expected to be extended to north Kent.

About 100 offences involving mobile phones and seatbelt use were detected on camera each month during the scheme.

Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership said motorists caught by speed cameras across the county without a seatbelt or using a phone will face prosecution.

A trial report revealed one per cent of all drivers were seen using mobile phones, 95 per cent were observed wearing seatbelts during the experiment compared to 90 per cent before.

Motorists who use a mobile phone while driving face a £60 fine and three points and not wearing a seatbelt results in a £30 fine.

If children under 14 are not belted up drivers face a fine.

A major publicity drive is expected before the scheme

is extended.

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