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New device may measure phone use after a crash

Most Connecticut residents have been hearing a lot about the dangers of distracted driving in the past couple of years. More and more research is coming out or being performed to track the use of phones while driving to vehicle accidents. The fact of the matter is that texting takes a driver's eyes, mind and hands off of driving and is therefore a danger that may increase the chance of an accident happening.

One man who has actually lost his son in an accident with a driver who was on his phone at the time has been advocating for the legalized use of a device to check for this activity after an accident happens. The concept has been likened to that used when checking for the potential influence of alcohol in an accident. In those situations, officers can have drivers submit to breath tests that give a reading of their blood alcohol content.

This new technology would allow an officer to plug a driver's cellphone into a device in order to see if that phone had been manually swiped, clicked or tapped. The goal would be to determine whether or not driver distraction may have contributed to the crash. No personal data would be visible to officers. If drivers refuse, they may be subject to haivng their licenses suspended.

Anyone who is involved in an accident with a driver believed to be distracted by phones or other technology, Connecticut residents might want to speak with a lawyer to learn about their compensation options.

Source: NBC Connecticut, "New York Eyes 'Textalyzer' to Combat Distracted Driving," Anna Gronewold, May 14, 2017

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