Many accidents are caused by distracted driving. Distracted driving is caused by texting, web surfing, or eating while driving. If your full concentration is not focused on the act of driving, you can be said to have been distracted.
In the future, if you are involved in an accident, your phone may be able to be examined to determine if you were texting at the time.
In Georgia, it is against the law to text while driving. It is also against the law in 45 other states. In 14 states, you cannot use the phone while behind the wheel at all.
New York is looking to consider a law that will place texting and driving on the same level as DUI. Some believe a similar law could be proposed in Georgia.
Just like a breathalyzer can be used to determine if a person has been drinking, New York is considering a “textalyzer.”
Cellebrite, a company that already has similar devices that law enforcement uses during accident investigations. The textalyzer would test your phone to see if you were texting prior to an accident. It would give the officer the ability to extract data from your phone at the time of an accident.
According to the National Security Council, 1 in 4 accidents is caused by texting while driving.
A concern to defense attorneys is the fact that our phones contain so much personal data that handing them over to law enforcement might feel like an invasion of privacy. However, the company that would make the textalyzer said that under the proposed legislation, it would only be able to reveal phone activity and not content.
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