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Textalyzer - Like a Breathalyzer, only it checks for recent activity

Posted: Wed Apr 27, 2016 5:32 pm
by MSI
NY Times Texting and Driving? Watch Out for the Textalyzer
which includes:
  • To try to change a distinctly modern behavior, texting while driving, legislators and public health experts are reaching back to an old strategy: They want to treat distracted driving like drunken driving
    The most provocative idea, from lawmakers in New York, is to give police officers a new device that is the digital equivalent of the Breathalyzer — a roadside test called the Textalyzer.
    The technology could determine whether a driver used the phone to text, email or do anything else that is prohibited by New York’s hands-free driving laws, which only allow talking on a phone while using a headset. Failure to hand over a phone could lead to the suspension of a driver’s license, similar to the consequences for refusing a Breathalyzer.
    The proposed legislation faces hurdles to becoming a law, including privacy concerns. But Félix W. Ortiz, a Democratic assemblyman who was a sponsor of the bipartisan Textalyzer bill, said it would not give the police access to the contents of any emails or texts. It would simply give them a way to catch multitasking drivers, he said.
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