Technology to ban phone signals proposed to lower Australian road toll

The Bicycle Network has proposed technology that blocks cell phone signals be installed in every Australian car.
The Bicycle Network has proposed technology that blocks cell phone signals be installed in every Australian car. Photo credit: iStock

A cyclist lobby group in Victoria, Australia has proposed a new way to stop people using their phone while driving.

The Bicycle Network has proposed technology that blocks cell phone signals be installed in every Australian car.

The concern this poses is that people could be blocked from using their phones in a emergency.

Bicycle Network CEO Craig Richards told News Corp the technology, expected to cost thousands of dollars, is necessary to reduce the number of deaths on Australian roads.

In 2017, the death toll stood at 258. 

"As bike riders, we can see into cars and what drivers are up to," Mr Richards told News Corp.

"Every day we despair when we see drivers texting or just mucking around on Facebook. We understand the addictive lure of the phone, but it's risking lives."

"There are plenty of legitimate reasons, and you can use things like voice recognition to make calls and send texts. You might need to make a call in an emergency," he said.

Newshub.