“TEX­T­ALYZER” MAY BUST N.Y. DRIV­ERS US­ING CELL­PHONES

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N.Y.» Po­lice in New York ALBANY, state may soon have a high-tech way of catch­ing tex­ting driv­ers: a de­vice known as a “tex­t­alyzer” that al­lows an of­fi­cer to quickly check if a phone has been in use be­fore a crash.

Demo­cratic Gov. An­drew Cuomo on Wed­nes­day di­rected the Gover­nor’s Traf­fic Safety Com­mit­tee to ex­am­ine the tech­nol­ogy, as well as the ques­tions about pri­vacy and civil lib­er­ties its use would raise.

“De­spite laws to ban cell­phone use while driv­ing, some mo­torists still con­tinue to in­sist on tex­ting be­hind the wheel — plac­ing them­selves and oth­ers at sub­stan­tial risk,” Cuomo said.

Once plugged into a per­son’s phone for about a minute, the “tex­t­alyzer” will in­di­cate whether a mo­torist was tex­ting, email­ing, surf­ing the web or oth­er­wise us­ing his or her cell­phone be­fore a se­ri­ous crash. The tex­t­alyzer would not ac­cess ac­tual in­for­ma­tion on the phone, such as pic­tures, per­sonal emails or web-brows­ing his­tory.

The “tex­t­alyzer” is still some months away from be­ing ready, ac­cord­ing to Cellebrite, the Is­rael­based tech com­pany de­vel­op­ing the de­vice.

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