Recent technological advances allowed for a new device known as a “textalyzer” to become available. This device is similar to a breathalyzer; but, instead of testing for alcohol, it provides a way for local police to conduct field testing on drivers suspected of texting while driving. The device allows police to field test portable electronics and cellphones after a vehicular accident to ensure that those involved in the collision were not texting while driving. Proponents of the device hope that it will help reduce tragic accidents caused by distracted driving.
Will it Infringe on my Privacy?
Although this device can see when you last used the phone, it will not be able to determine what was said or sent via text message. This allows police officers to do their job without infringing upon people’s privacy.
Who Will be Subjected to these Field Tests?
Drivers involved in a car accident which the police suspect might have been using their phones before the accident occurred may undergo field testing.
Are Suspects Required to Undergo Field Testing?
Yes. If a police officer requests to check a device for a field test, the person must comply. It is the same concept as requesting a breathalyzer test from a driver they suspect has been drinking. The penalty for refusing this request could result in the driver losing their license through a suspension or revocation.
How Can Field Testing Help Enforce Texting Laws?
Currently, the number of tickets given out for texting while driving is minimal compared to the number of people suspected of doing it. By allowing field testing to go into effect, police will have a legitimate way of checking to see if someone was texting while driving. Law enforcement hopes that this will make people think harder about texting while driving and ultimately lead to fewer distracted driving collisions.
If you were injured by the negligent act of another person, speak to a car accident attorney with Michigan Legal Center today. Distracted driving is a significant issue and continues to endanger commuters statewide. Our attorneys can help you get through this tough time. Start on the road to fair compensation when you contact us today for a free case evaluation.