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New technology could curb texting and driving

Despite strict laws in New York that make texting and driving illegal, people continue to use their hand-held devices to talk, text, post selfies and update social media profiles while behind the wheel. As a result, thousands of people are involved in distracted driving car accidents and are seriously injured or are killed every year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported the death of 35,092 people across the nation in 2015. Distracted driving deaths rose by 8.8 percent from the previous year.

New York representatives are looking to implement new technology as a way to deter drivers from texting and driving. The cutting-edge software would be able to sense whether a person was using their smartphone at the time an accident occurred. Law enforcement officers would have the ability to scan a person’s smartphone at the accident scene and tell whether it was being used.

There are some flaws in the technology that are being worked on. As of yet, the system cannot tell whether the driver was using a hand-held smartphone or utilizing the phone’s Bluetooth, hands-free capabilities. Furthermore, there are privacy issues that must be remedied before the product will be released on the market. Developers of the technology, however, say that it will only take around nine months to fix if the legislature decides to approve its use.

When people are harmed in an auto accident, they may be eligible for compensation for their injuries, property damage, lost wages from work and emotional suffering. You have rights, and an attorney in New York may be able to help you explore your legal options.

Source: Times Union, “New York eyes a ‘breathalyzer’ for texting while driving,” Rick Karlin, Apr. 28, 2017. 

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