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The "Textalyzer" could be coming to a police station near you

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CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - New technology may soon allow police to determine if a driver was texting while driving before an accident.

Like a breathalyzer, lawmakers in New York and New Jersey are contemplating allowing police to use a so-called "textalyzer."

The device will allow investigators to see if a text message was sent in the seconds leading up to a wreck but won't be able to access the content of the message.

"It's a great idea. Anytime law enforcement can get info to find out what actually happened and what are the true facts, that's a good thing," said former Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Weber.

"The naysayers are probably having some 4th amendment concerns," Weber said.

Weber said a court will most likely determine whether or not a search warrant is needed for police to access people's cell phones.

The "textalyzer" is similar to technology already being used in the digital forensics lab at DeSales University where analysts said they already investigate nearly every wreck that could result in criminal charges.

"It's a great concept...if you want something right away...but accident investigations take a long time," said lab director Paul Iannace.

The "textalyzer" is still several months out from being made available for purchase.

 


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