Should BC follow the lead of New York and look at “textalyzer” technology?
The theory is that the textalyzer would work much like a breathalyzer.
A road-side test to tap into the operating system of a phone to determine if its been recently used.
The proposed New York legislation, called Evans law, is named after Ben Lieberman’s son.
“My son Evan was a backseat passenger in a car collision, and I got the call that every parent dreads, and he died 32 days later infront of our eyes. We discovered that there was texting throughout the drive leading up to the crash.”
Lieberman has now founded a group fighting against distracted driving.
He thinks the technology will nab more distracted drivers involved in crashes, but says for the time being police are hamstrung by the need to get a court order to scan the phones.
“The reason you’re not getting [a warrant] in drunk driving is the evidence could dissipate over time if you wait to get a warrant. It’s really the same thing with the phones, the evidence, people can wipe phones.”
BC’s public safety critic Mike Farnworth says he supports emerging distracted driving technology.
“It can go from a textalyzer if you like all the way up to what you are seeing with the development of self-driving vehicles for example.”
Farnworth is in favour of stiffer fines but thinks drivers should automatically lose their license after the third consecutive offence in one year.