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