April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Hancock Injury Attorneys is committed to help educate our community about the dangers of distracted driving.
Distracted driving, specifically texting while driving, is becoming just as dangerous as drunk driving and a new piece of technology called the “textalyzer” is currently making waves as the next big thing to help drivers think twice before texting at the wheel.
According to Engadget, the textalyzer is a take on the commonplace breathalyzer, used to determine alcohol levels in DUI cases. Now, New York lawmakers are considering a bill that would let police use the textalyzer to determine if a driver involved in a car accident was texting during a crash. Legislation of this kind is unprecedented. Drivers involved in a crash would be required to give their mobile devices to police so it can be tested to see if the phone was used in the crash. Information such as contacts and text message content would not be able to be read by the textalyzer.
Distracted Operators Risk Casualties group is lobbying for the new law. Ben Lieberman the leader of the lobbying group lost his soon to a distracted driver, but wasn’t able to prove the other driver was at fault until suing for phone records. According to a press release, Lieberman feels that distracted driving needs to have more accountability, the same as drunk driving, because that is when positive changes happen.
Another element to the proposed bill would be just like laws surrounding breathalyzer tests. If a driver refuses to submit their phone for analysis, their license would be revoked immediately.
According to the CDC, distracted driving causes almost 3,000 deaths a year, and unfortunately is a number that is growing. Next time you pick up your phone to text, post on social media or even change your music, ask yourself if it is worth somebody’s life.
What would you think about the law if Florida lawmakers were the ones considering it? Is it something that you think would help keep Florida roads safer? Or do you think it is an invasion of privacy?
If you have been injured in an accident due to another texting while driving, call (813) 915-1110 to talk to Injury Attorney Mike Hancock for your free advice session. Phones and live online chat are answered 24/7.
News Source: Autoblog