New York officials are aiming to reduce the amount of distracted driving in the overcrowded state. Textalyzer, a technology from Israel, is at the center of changing distracted driving. The technology is being examined by the Traffic Safety Committee under the direction of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“The officer would tap a button on the device, and it would take about 90 seconds to return a report of the activities that the driver engaged in immediately before the accident with time stamps. Cellebrite, the company that is working to develop the technology, states that it would not download content from the phones but would instead detect swipes and taps,” states Ankin Law Office.
The idea is for police officers to be able to determine if a driver was texting. Drivers, unless caught, will often deny that they were using their phone while driving. Distracted driving now accounts for 25% of the accidents in the states.
And while strict laws are in place in some states for using a cellphone while driving, it’s often a hard law to enforce.
Unless police see a driver using their phone, there is no current way to prove that they were on the phone.
Cellebrite’s technology is already in use by the FBI, so it’s safe to say that the manufacturer of Textalyzer has a strong product.
In July, CBS reported that the technology was still in development and is some months away from being available. New York, a state known for being the first to adopt a lot of laws, will make a lasting impact on texting if they adopt the Textalyzer into law.
The device would be used by police to determine what the driver was doing on their phone before an accident.
Quick and efficient, it’s estimated that 12 people were killed in New York over a four-year period because of cellphone-related crashes. These statistics are likely much higher than reported because police have no means to verify this information.
So, now we’re going to have an influential state, known for adopting laws first, examine and potentially use the device. A domino effect is likely to occur. Other states will follow in the footsteps of New York, increasing the risks of texting and driving.
It will be a widely used device that allows police officers to determine if texting played a role in an accident.
Police fleets are likely to be outfitted with the Textalyzer. You might even see people being checked with a Breathalyzer followed by a Textalyzer. It’s going to make crashes more complex for police, but with just a 90-second scan time, it will be easy to hold distracted drivers accountable for their actions.
Texting while driving is banned in 47 states, and it’s also banned in Washington D.C.
Textalyzer has the potential to be used in all of these states. If this happens, we can expect the technology to change the world. It’s already in the works, and once the technology is perfected, roadways will be a safer place.
A major drawback that the technology may hit is privacy concerns. The manufacturer states that they will not download data, but depending on how much data is presented, privacy issues may arise.