Will Florida Be The Next State To Use The Textalyzer?
Last month was Florida’s Distracted Driving Awareness Month – Focus on Driving, Florida! Texting while driving is one of the worst types of distracted driving because it involves a person’s visual, manual, and cognitive abilities. While the driver is texting, his eyes are off the road, his hands are off the steering wheel, and you are focusing on something other than the task of driving. The campaign reminds Florida drivers that they need to keep their “eyes on road, hands on wheel, mind on driving.”
Unfortunately, not all drivers will heed the warning. Texting while driving is banned in Florida. Drivers who choose to text while driving can be charged and fined. However, the consequences of texting while driving go far beyond receiving a traffic ticket. Accidents caused by distracted drivers injuries thousands of people each year and costs millions of dollars in damages. During 2015, Florida had 45,740 distracted driving accidents resulting in 214 deaths and 39,396 injuries.
New York legislators are attempting to pass a new law aimed at decreasing the number of distracted drivers.
What is a Textalyzer?
A textalyzer can determine if a driver involved in a motor vehicle accident was texting or otherwise using a cell phone at the time of the crash. The textalyzer taps into a cell phone’s operating system to analyze recent activity. If a bill before the New York legislature passes, law enforcement officers will be able to determine immediately if a driver was using a cell phone when the crash occurred. If a driver refuses to allow the officer to inspect the cell phone, penalties would be similar to refusing a breathalyzer including license suspension.
People opposed to the textalyzer claim it will be an invasion of privacy and violate a person’s constitutional rights. Proponents of the bill claim it will not violate a driver’s privacy because law enforcement would still need a search warrant to obtain specific data from the phone. The textalyzer would only be used to determine if the cell phone was in use at the time of the car crash. Proponents also say that the textalyzer will make people think twice before using a cell phone while they are driving.
Have You Been Injured By A Distracted Driver?
In just a matter of seconds, your life can change forever because another driver chose to read or send a text message. Distracted driving results in millions of dollars in damages each year. Medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs, property damage, and other financial losses quickly add up. In addition, you suffer physical pain, anxiety, and emotional suffering. Someone must be held responsible for your losses.
The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you receive the compensation you deserve from the responsible driver. Do not let an insurance company pay you less than you are legally owed to settle your accident claim. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation.