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Texting and driving is about to get a lot riskier

Car accidents are becoming so common in New York, that many motorists expect to hear about and see some of them during their commutes. According to Governor.ny.gov, 33,000 individuals sustained injuries and 160 people died in motor vehicle collisions that occurred in 2015, where distractions and driver inattentiveness were contributing factors. 

Driving while not paying attention is unlawful. Despite knowing their actions violate state law and compromise their safety, many drivers continue to do so. One of the most common forms of distractions for motorists involves texting. 

Car accident victims and their families are the ones who suffer the most physically and economically. Along with having to deal with painful recoveries, many of the victims become traumatized and struggle to deal with the impact their accidents have on their lifestyles. 

To reduce the number and frequency of distracted driving car accidents that occur in the state, law enforcement may start using a textalyzer to learn if drivers were on their phones right before a crash incident, states Business Insider. Although this device is not able to deter motorists who drive using other types of distractions, such as eating, grooming and messing around with things in their vehicles, it can help to identify those who use their cellphones when they should be entirely focused on the roads. 

Until this device and other deterrent measures are used, law enforcement has encountered numerous challenges in identifying and ticketing distracted motorists. Drivers now have another reason to comply with the law and improve road safety to save lives.

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