N.Y. Lawmakers Consider Device to Bust Distracted Drivers

May 2, 2019
New York state lawyers are trying to solve distracted driving through the use of a "textalyzer" device.

May 2, 2019—New York state lawyers are trying to solve distracted driving through a "textalyzer" device, reported WHEC.

If you get in a crash, police would be able to use a device to pull information from your phone to determine if you were using it at the time of the accident.

Even though most states ban texting and driving, supporters of "textalyzers" say current distracted driving laws are nearly impossible to enforce.

Sen. Shelley Mayer, a Democrat from Westchester County, is pushing for a pilot program for the device. If signed into law, police would not be able to access your texts, pictures, or contacts, but critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, argue officers shouldn't be able to use the "textalyzer" without a warrant.

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