GARDAI are to be given powers to check the mobile phone records of drivers involved in fatal crashes.
Such a move would enable investigators to find out if the motorists were on the phone or texting at the time of the accident.
If they survive the crash they could then be prosecuted in court.
The Department of Transport said yesterday it plans to update the provisions regarding the use of mobile phones by drivers "particularly those who text while behind the wheel".
Consultations are ongoing with the gardai regarding any additional powers they may require in this area.
The radical proposal has been put forward by Road Safety Authority (RSA) chief executive Noel Brett.
Research carried out by the RSA has found that one-in-10 motorists admits to regularly sending text messages while driving.