NY to Combat Distracted Drivers With ‘Textalyzer’ Cellphone Scanning Device

The Textalyzer purportedly does not provide police with any content on the phone

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Police in New York may soon be equipped with a "Textalyzer," a device that will determine if a driver involved in a crash was texting while driving, CNBC reported.

New York Senator Terrence Murphy and Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz have partnered with Distracted Operators Risk Casualties, an awareness organization, to propose legislation that would allow authorities to examine cell phones at the scene of an accident.

The Textalyzer purportedly does not provide police with any content on the phone — conversations, contacts, photos, etc.

The roadside technology is being developed by Cellebrite, the Israeli firm that many believe assisted the Federal Bureau of Investigation in cracking the San Bernardino iPhone at the center of a heated decryption battle with Apple.

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