New York legislature could soon pass a new “textalyzer” law that could help enforce current distracted driving laws, according to an article by WHEC.
With this new law, when someones gets in a crash, police would be able to use a device to pull information from their phone to determine if they were using it at the time of the accident, according to the article.
Current distracted driving laws in many states are nearly impossible to enforce, as it’s nearly impossible to prove that distracted driving was the cause of an accident. The hope is that by using a device that respects drivers’ privacy and constitutionality, a law will be able to be passed and current laws better enforced, according to the article.
If signed into law, police would not be able to access drivers’ texts, pictures or contacts, but critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, argue that officers shouldn’t be able to use the “textalyzer” without a warrant, according to the article.
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