The Breathalyzer’s New Crime-Fighting Partner: The “Textalyzer”
If passed by the legislature, this new tool would allow law enforcement to plug in to your phone (without a warrant) and do a scan of your recent text history to see if you were texting while driving. Texting while driving is currently illegal in many cities—but it can be very difficult to prove. Some people argue that this tool is not needed and could be considered a violation of privacy. However, many are in favor of this tool because the statistics don’t lie—11 teens die every day as a result of texting while driving. According to an AAA poll:
- 94% of teen drivers acknowledge the dangers of texting and driving, but
- 35% admit to doing it anyway.
- 21% of teen drivers involved in fatal accidents were distracted by their cell phones.
Unfortunately, all-too-often our clients are victims of drivers who were “texting while driving.” This can result in serious injuries, permanent disabilities, and even death. To be able to prove, without a doubt that the driver who caused the accident was in fact texting while driving would make a world of difference in many accident cases that we handle. The textalyzer could have the same effect as a breathalyzer, with the ability to prove activity on your phone instead of alcohol on your breath.
There may be a long road ahead if and when the textalyzer is passed in the state of Arizona, so for those of you who are still texting and driving, now is the time to reconsider your driving habits. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident because of texting and driving, contact Breyer Law Offices, P.C., at (602) 267-1280 for more information and a complimentary case consultation. We are here to help!
A version of this article originally appeared in the May 10, 2017 edition of Ahwatukee Foothills News (page 40).