According to CNY Central, a New York State proposed bill would allow law enforcement to use this device to determine whether or not a person was using a phone at the exact time of an accident. The officers will be able to determine if they were texting and driving immediately.
Texting and driving has become a major issue out on the roadways since nearly everyone has access to a mobile phone. In 2013, about 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured in accidents caused by distracted drivers. Law enforcement hopes this new device will eventually deter people from texting and driving.
If this becomes a law, police officers would have the authority to access a driver’s cell phone, which would connect directly to the “Textalyzer” device. It won’t be able to read text messages, but it can determine whether or not a text was sent or received at the time of the crash.
Many Rochester residents are in favor of the new device to put an end to the texting and driving epidemic, but some Rochesterians think “The Textalyzer” is a bad idea.
“The cell phone has a lot of other things going on with it and a lot of privacy issues”, attorney Peter Pullano said to 13 WHAM.
Pullano believes that the current system in place is effective enough and, if passed, will be challenged in court under the Fourth Amendment. “When it’s required, officers request a warrant and a judge will sign a warrant,” Pullano said.
The proposed bill is nicknamed “Evan’s law,” which is named after Evan Lieberman, a 19-year-old from Westchester County who was killed in a distracted driving crash in 2011.