A new device could help put an end to texting and driving in New York and many more cities in the future. If passed, a new bill would allow law enforcement to use a Textalyzer to combat driver distraction.
Lawmakers have declared that texting behind the wheel is just as dangerous as driving while intoxicated, and should be handled alike. Under current law, if texting is suspected, a warrant must be obtained for the driver's cell phone records. The Textalyzer's concept is similar to the Breathalyzer, which is used to immediately detect blood alcohol concentration; it's use could improve this sometimes lengthy legal process.
Equipped with the Textalyzer, law enforcement officers would be able to see the distracted driver's recent cell phone activity during a traffic stop or at an accident scene. The device will uncover recent texting, emails, and other activities which may have been a distraction.
Similar to refusing a Breathalyzer test, refusing to allow an officer to use the Textalyzer on their phone could result in one's license being suspended.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this innovative technology could help curb driver distraction. Opponents say the test would violate drivers' Fourth Amendment rights.
While many states have laws prohibiting texting and driving, a number of other distracting activities can be performed on a cell phone, such as taking photos and posting to social media – the Textalyzer would uncover these dangerous actions, and lawmakers hope the legal penalties of failing the test will dissuade drivers from using their cell phones behind the wheel.
Recent accident data is an indicator that many drivers aren't taking the issue seriously. More than a quarter of all automobile accidents in the country involve cell phone use. Distracted drivers kill more than 3,000 people each year.
If you were injured in an accident caused by a texting driver, you may be entitled to compensation to pay for your lost wages, medical bills, and pain and suffering. The car accident lawyers in Knoxville at Greg Coleman Law will fight to maximize your compensation and hold distracted drivers accountable for the harm they cause.