With an ever greatening emphasis on mobile phone usage in cars, it is somewhat unsurprising that reports are detailing a new piece of technology is being developed to check if a driver has been recently using their mobile phone.
The idea being reported from the US is that law enforcement officers will be able to check if a mobile phone has been used by a driver if there has been an accident.
Lawyers from New York are investigating the idea that when stopped a driver is breathalysed and then their phone “textalysed”.
The new technology has been developed by the Israeli tech company Cellebrite, the same company who were approached by the FBI to break the security of the iPhone 6 belonging to the Bernardino gunman.
Journalists from the magazine 9 to 5 Mac have been discussing the ramifications of the technology and are of the mind that the teztalyser would not breach current privacy laws in the US. It is understood that the technology would not have access to the phone’s contacts, messages or emails. It would only be able to check if the phone had been recently used and if that usage was via a hands free facility or not.
The US lobbying group Distracted Operators Risk Casualties have pushed for the new law and technology to me implemented.
The full intent is that should a driver refuse to let their phone be interrogated by the textalyser then they could face a driving ban, the same as if they had refused a breathalyser test.
The group consists of parents whose children have been killed tor injured in motor accidents owing to the offending driver being distracted by their mobile phones. If the legislation is passed it will be known as “Evan’s Law” after the 19 year old son of the group’s founder who was killed in a car crash.
One online source stated that the reason behind the push is that Evan’s parents were not able to show that the offending driver was using their mobile phone until they fought for a court order releasing the phone records.
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