Cell phones are great. I love my phone. I love being able to play a game on my phone while I’m on the train on the way home.
But there is a time and a place for them.
A New York based advocacy group in partnership with state law enforcement is introducing a hand-held tool for police officers to scan your phone to see if you have been texting and driving.
Textalyzer, like Breathalyzer.
Anyways, what it would do is allow police to more accurately handle a situation, and punish people accordingly, because they would have all of the right information. Just like if they pull someone over for driving erratically and then give them a breathalyzer to see if they have been drinking, they will be able to pull you over and see if you have been texting with a quick scan. Even if they didn’t have a guy with binoculars hiding in a bush who spotted you down the street.
The other great part about the device is that it doesn’t take any of your info from the phone, so it will see that you were using your phone but it won’t see the content of your texts.
It seems like just one more step towards people thinking of texting while driving on the same level as drinking and driving.