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Vic cameras to target seat belts, phones

Vic cameras to target seat belts, phones

Safety cameras on trial will cast an eye on Victorians using their phone or not wearing a seatbelt while driving.

Those breaking the law behind the wheel in Victoria will be supervised by mobile cameras looking to catch drivers doing the wrong thing across the state.

The technology will start operating under trial next Wednesday and will extend its patrolling for three months in which no infringements will be issued.

The trial will look to ensure the technology can be implemented accurately to operate from any location, 24 hours a day.

"We know distracted drivers can have devastating outcomes on our roads," Police Minister Lisa Neville said.

"This technology is another step towards targeting this kind of unacceptable behaviour and keeping all road users safe."

The cameras allow high-resolution images to be captured in all conditions, and for those images to be reviewed in real-time to detect potential offences.

In 2017-18, more than 30,000 motorists were issued with fines for using a mobile phone while driving in Victoria.

The government said pilot and number plate matching will not be undertaken during the trial and all but a limited number of de-identified photographs captured will be deleted.

More than $120 million dollars in this year's state budget were destined to increase mobile camera enforcement by 75 per cent over the coming years.