Baltimore Editorial: Cell phone enforcement cameras: a potentially life-saving idea worth trying

In Montgomery County, there might be an answer, or at least part of one. Recently, Tom Hucker, vice-president of the Montgomery County Council and chair of its transportation subcommittee, urged state lawmakers to take action. He wants the Maryland General Assembly to approve legislation in the upcoming 2020 session authorizing the county to operate stationary, automated video cameras capable of detecting when drivers are using cell phones in a moving vehicle. The concept is not unlike existing technology used to capture red light and speed violations remotely. The chief difference is that it requires artificial intelligence to analyze the image to recognize a cell phone in use. That’s a bit more advanced than merely detecting red-light running or speeding. But advocates have an answer for that: Human beings will review the footage to make sure that violations take place before citations are dropped in the mail.