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New tech warns phone-addict drivers

We all know it's against the law but thousands of drivers in the south-east are still using their mobile phones behind the wheel, making calls, texting, and even taking pictures.

In Sussex last year, more than 1,800 drivers were caught using a phone while driving. And in Kent, more than 1,000 drivers were given penalties in 2014.

Now a trial has started in Sussex of an "intelligent lamppost" that can detect when a phone is being used in a car - and it flashes a warning - telling you to stop doing it.

But will it work? David Johns investigates. He speaks to Carl Knapp of the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership; Peter Rodger of the Institute of Advanced Motorists; and sign manufacturer Tim Barnett.

Major improvements for four Southampton housing estates

There will be major improvements in Thornhill Credit: Southampton City Council

More than 1,500 homes in Southampton will be improved as part of a £27m scheme to cut energy use.

Southampton City Council's new energy efficiency project will affect four housing estates.

The improvements will be carried out in Thornhill, Shirley, St Mary's and Maybush.

The scheme is being delivered by Southampton City Council and British Gas.


New Rolls-Royce Dawn will be unveiled this morning

Dawn of a new era for Rolls-Royce Credit: Rolls-Roce

A brand new Rolls-Royce car - built in Sussex - will be unveiled to the public today. The model, called Dawn, will be revealed at the company's factory in Chichester this morning. The event will be followed by a flypast of Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft at nearby Goodwood.

School principal explains why mobile phones have been banned

The debate's been running for years: are mobile phones bad for children ?

Now, at least, in one part of the South East, and for one age group, that question has been answered.

Ebbsfleet Academy in North West Kent has banned mobile phones - with impressive results.

Alison Colwell is in charge of the school. She told Sangeeta why the ban had been introduced

Huge improvement in GCSE results after banning of mobile phones

The phones are banned at Ebbsfleet Academy Credit: ITV

GCSE results at the Ebbsfleet Academy in Kent are almost twice as good since the school banned smartphones in 2013.

Jon Coles, the head of United Learning, which oversees around 50 schools, says the costs of allowing the use of mobile phones in school are much greater than the opportunities.

The White Horse Federation of seven primary schools in Swindon also bans mobile phones during the school day in order to improve pupil behaviour.

Technology is transforming society and even classrooms - but all too often we hear of lessons being disrupted by the temptation of the smartphone.

Learning is hard work and children are all too aware of this. So when they have a smartphone in their pocket that offers instant entertainment and reward, they can be easily distracted from their work.

This is a 21st Century problem and the majority of schools are dealing with it effectively. But I will now probe deeper into this issue, and behaviour challenges more broadly, to uncover the real extent of the problem and see what we can do to ensure all children focus on their learning.

– Tom Bennett, school behaviour expert

Bournemouth's free Wi-Fi service attracts 116,000 users

Bournemouth is offering a free Wi-Fi service Credit: ITV

Since it went live a year ago, Bournemouth’s free Wi-Fi service has seen 116,272 users login to the network, with activity peaking this August. During the Air Festival the network was used by more than 4,000 people.

User data collected shows that 58 per cent of users speak English as their first language with 42% speaking a foreign language as their first language - primarily German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish and Portuguese.

Of all users, 58 unique languages were identified, reflecting the cosmopolitan character of the town.

The average age user of the service is 28 years old; the oldest being 98 years old and the youngest 11 years old.

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