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We are all guilty of checking a text, writing an email, or even checking a social media account while driving. Soon, police may have a tool to confirm if you were illegally using your phone while driving. NPR reported on an innovative technology that will allow police to use the device to crack into phones to see if their phone use caused an accident. In New York, getting phone records is quite a process and involves the District Attorney and a judge to permit the process. But the phone records still don’t determine if the driver was browsing the web or scrolling through photos on Instagram.

Cellbrite is the company that is currently developing the ‘textalyzer,’ it would be able to determine whether a driver was illegally using a phone in the moments before a crash. This technology will be put on a device, where a police officer can insert a cord into the drivers’ phone. The device will then display a summary of what apps on the phone were in use, with a time stamp, and how many swipes or screen taps took place. Cellbrite’s engineer confirmed that the technology isn’t fully developed, “but it would be tailored to what’s legal in each jurisdiction that approves its use…. The ‘textalyzer’ would only capture taps and swipes to determine if a driver was using the phone.” Basically, the device would not download content, but solely tell the authorities if the driver was illegally using their phone at the time of accident or reason of pull-over. So far, the bill is being processed in New York. Neighboring states, New Jersey, Illinois and even Tennessee are interested in this technology.

Distracted driving is a major concern today, as traffic fatalities have risen from 37,757 deaths in 2015 to 40,200 deaths in 2016.  April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month; Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is raising awareness and are encouraging you to pass along the news about of distracted driving. Mobile devices are incredibly distracting for drivers in California and across the nation. Distracted driving, texting especially, has become a deadly nationwide epidemic. It only takes one call, text or web scroll to change or ruin a life. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in an accident involving a distracted driver, contact the skilled and proven team at Harris Personal Injury Lawyers, Inc. at 1.800.GO.HARRIS for a free case consultation.

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