Cops May Soon Have New Tool in Fight Against Distracted Drivers

The Textalyzer gives police the ability to detect if you were texting during an automobile accident.
3:00 | 04/17/16

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wheel. A new device that lets police scan the drivers' phone to see if they were texting moments before an accident. Already it's sparking controversy. Here's Eva pilgrim. Reporter: It's a temptation for so many drivers, texting behind the wheel. A third of drivers admit to doing it. It's going on all day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Reporter: But police may soon have a new tool in the fight against distracted driving. Lawmakers in New York will soon consider giving police so-called textalyzers. Think of it as a breathalyzer for your phone, a device that could reveal if you were texting at the time of an accident. We would plug your phone into it, and it would let us know if the operator was using the phone. Reporter: The proposed law in memory of Evan Lieberman, who was killed in a head-on crash by a driver who was texting. His dad fought for the cell phone log. It took us about six months to get the phone records. Reporter: Critics worry the bill could lead police to seize phones without justification. I think that there's much that needs to be done, that can be done both to address the problem and to respect the privacy rights of drivers. Reporter: The company behind the textalyzer says it won't be able to read your texts, but can see when you touch your phone. Under the proposed law, drivers could lose their license if they refuse to turn their phone over.

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