BUFFALO, NY-- New York State is looking for new ways to fight distracted driving. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that they're considering a device called a "Textalyzer."
The device is similar to a breath test device, but instead of helping police detect if a driver was drinking, it determines if the person was texting while driving.
If police find your cell phone at the scene of a crash, or you hand it over to them, they can plug it into a cord and attach it to their tablet to find out if you were using it at the time of the incident.
"Despite laws to ban cell phone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel -- placing themselves and others at substantial risk," Governor Cuomo said in a released statement. "This review will examine the effectiveness of using this new emerging technology to crack down on this reckless behavior and thoroughly evaluate its implications to ensure we protect the safety and privacy of New Yorkers."
The 'Textalyzer" manufacturer says the device won't allow police to read your texts, but it will tell them the exact time you sent your last text, emailed or opened an app.
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