Police Looking at Texting to Catch Impaired Drivers

Drivers who are texting are 23 times more likely to be in a collision than those who aren’t. And, texting along with driving impaired are in the top three causes of traffic fatalities. Creative police in Canada are looking at using a device called a “Textalyzer” to scan people’s cell phones after being stopped for suspicion of texting while driving. Police in Saskatchewan says the device is a way for patrol officers to confirm what they believe they have already seen, such as a passing driver tapping on a cellphone screen. They liken it to dash cameras, in which police and prosecutors supplement what the officer observed and are often used in court for evidence. There are search and seizure, as well as privacy concerns with such a procedure and no city has put this technology in place.

Florida law does permit the seizure and search of text records in cases of auto crashes.

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