Tuesday 27 June 2017

Textalyser could determine if drivers were using a phone at time of an accident

Textalyser
Textalyser

Mark O'Beirne

A new device, dubbed a textalyser, could help police determine if a driver was using a mobile phone at the time of an accident.

Police may soon start using a device to help them determine if someone was using their mobile phone while driving at the time of an accident.

The textalyser is a device that looks at the metadata on a phone to see if it was used recently. This method ensures that messages, contacts, photos, and so on are kept private.

New York is proposing that police use these devices to catch drivers who are distracted by their phones. The proposed legislation claims: "Reports indicate that 67 per cent of drivers admit to continued use of their cell phones while driving despite knowledge of the inherent danger to themselves and others on the road.

"Therefore, it is in the state's interest to treat this impairment with a similar methodology to that of drunk driving."

The new law is being called Evan's Law, after 19-year-old Even Lieberman who died in a collision caused by a distracted driver in 2011. His father has assisted with drafting the law and awareness through his non-profit organisation Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORCS).

The Road Safety Authority in Ireland says that distracted driving could be a factor in around 20-30% of all collisions in Ireland. It adds that drivers are four times more likely to crash while on the phone, and that texting while driving makes you twenty-three times more likely to crash.

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