A new bill could introduce a device that can tell if drivers were using a phone at the wheel

In a new bill proposed by the New York State Senate, texting while driving could be almost as bad as driving under the influence. In this recent bill, lawmakers outline the reasons why they want to crack down on drivers who use mobile phones (or portable electronic devices) while driving.

According to Fast Company, the bill would introduce a ‘textalyzer’ that police could use to catch drivers in the act. The bill outline the concept of “field testing,” which involves “the use of an electronic scanning device… to determine whether or not the operator of a motor vehicle was using a mobile telephone…” This would be used for investigating accidents, to determine whether or not the driver(s) were on the phone before causing property or personal damage.

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