For as long as I can remember, the legal field has always fascinated me. While my friends watched sitcoms and cartoons, I chose to watch courtroom dramas and real life trials unfold. There was never really any question as to what I wanted to be when I got older. The only profession for me was that of a trial lawyer. Unfortunately, a serious car accident several years ago changed all that. Now, my injuries prevent me from leaving my home most days. However, my love for the law has never went away. While I may not be able to realize my dreams of becoming a trail lawyer, I still wish to help people with their legal problems. That is why I decided to start this blog. It is my hope that the information contained in these pages will help other accident victims like me when filing their personal injury claims.
Imagine for a second that you are driving. Your phone dings and you pick it up to take a look. Those three to four seconds that you took your eyes off of the road can become a life-altering moment for you and someone else.
The government and other agencies have recognized texting as a dangerous driving distraction. An Israeli technology firm has developed a new device called a textalyzer, and there are a few facts that you should know about it.
How it Works
The textalyzer is a lot like a breathalyzer except you don't blow into it. Just as a breathalyzer measures your blood alcohol content, a textalyzer measures the amount of data that was used at the time of an accident.
Although some are worried about whether or not it is an invasion of privacy, the textalyzer has no interest in reading your texts. It simply wants to know what time you sent your last message and if it coincides with an accident or moving violation. It can also check for social media and e-mail activity.
New York Already Has a Bill on the Table
For New Yorkers, the textalyzer could be coming your way rather soon. New York is one of the many states that recognize distracted driving as an increasing problem. In fact, they have one of the toughest hands-free laws in the United States. Currently, they are the only state in the country that has textalyzer legislature in the works.
The Downside to the Textalyzer
Although the textalyzer is gaining lots of support from the Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORC) advocacy group, there is some push back. Civil liberty groups and advocates are worried about whether or not the textalyzer will violate the rights of citizens. In most scenarios, a police officer must have probable cause or a search warrant to access someone's cell phone. The concern is that textalyzer use violates the constitutional rights of citizens.
It is no secret that distracted driving is a problem. The textalyzer is a viable starting point for law enforcement and developers to continue working together to solve a major, even deadly, problem. Continuing to develop a solution can only mean that people are serious about ending dangerous and destructive driving.
As a driver, it is important to keep your hands on the wheel and stay undistracted. Those few seconds of distraction can be a matter of life or death.
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27 June 2016