CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Texting while driving is against the law here in Massachusetts, but many people still do it. Just this past weekend, Southwick Police said that texting caused a rollover accident. New technology, however could help police crack down on distracted drivers.
It’s called the “Textalyzer,” the idea came from a man who lost his son to distracted driving. The technology would help police figure out when someone is using their phone for anything, not just texting, but also keep their personal info and what you do on your phone private.
Currently if police believe an accident was caused by someone who was texting and driving, they are able to look into their phone records by subpoena. But those records only show when calls or texts were sent or received.
“It seems like a great idea, the only thing is it would have to make sure that it could ascertain if someone was actually on that phone. For instance, if someone received a text message and didn’t touch their phone you’d have to be able to tell the difference. Because obviously if you did receive a message and you didn’t touch your phone, you’re not responsible,” Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk said.
One driver told 22News that he would want to still be able to use his phone GPS as well. “The whole idea of texting and driving, especially since I have a child myself; I don’t want someone to hit us with my baby in the back seat. So I worry about that, but at the same time I use my phone for the GPS,” said Frank Slusak
Legislation that would give officers permission to use this technology has been proposed in New York.