Police give suspected drunk drivers a Breathalyzer test, and now a new bill could allow law enforcement in New York to conduct a “Textalyzer” test on the phones of drivers involved in a crash.
It’s still in the works, but the app that would reveal whether the driver was using their phone at the time of the accident.
If the Textalyzer app comes to fruition, New York will be the first state seeking to give law enforcement access to phones at accident sites.
Under the bill, drivers would be required to allow the scan or risk losing their license.
The family of 19-year-old Evan Lieberman is pushing the new legislation, after their son lost his life in a distracted-driving crash.
The Lieberman family has created the awareness group ‘Distracted Operators Risk Casualties,’ and their goal is keeping “DORCs” off the road.
Most states have banned texting while driving, which contributed to 3,179 deaths due to distracted driving in 2014, with another 430,000 injured.
In fact, the CDC confirms 8 deaths daily due to distracted driving, and more than 1,100 people injured.
Distracted driving has become such a problem that the US government even created its own website, Distraction.gov, to raise awareness.
According to Texting and Driving Safety, texting while driving increases the chance of an accident by 23 percent.
So far, there is no projected time frame on when the bill will be written into law.
If successful, other states could also follow suit.