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This Device Will Keep You Off Your Phone

By Tiffany Thomas
Posted On Apr 28, 2016
This Device Will Keep You Off Your Phone

First comes breathalyzer, then comes textalyzer?

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the breathalyzer, a device used by police for measuring the amount of alcohol in a driver’s breath. Now, a new device may come on the scene called a textalyzer. The proposed device would allow authorities to be able to determine whether or not a driver involved in an accident was texting while driving.

Over the last several years, many states have banned the act of texting and driving. Additionally, national campaigns have taken place all around the world to persuade all drivers to think before texting and driving.

Unfortunately, the number of accidents caused by texting would prove that these laws have done very little for drivers.

The co-founder of Distracted Operators Risk Casualties (DORC), Ben Lieberman, is the man behind the initiation of the proposed device. He lost his son in 2011 in a car accident in which the driver was texting. The proposed law has been named “Evan’s Law” in memory of 19-year-old Evan Lieberman.

“When people were held accountable for drunk driving, that’s when positive change occurred,” Lieberman said. “It’s time to recognize that distracted driving is a similar impairment, and should be dealt with in a similar fashion. This is a way to address people who are causing damage.”

He also stated that privacy would not be an issue.

The device would plug into a phone to tell police when it was in use. “It’s just gonna show text in, text out,” Lieberman says. “I don’t think that you have to surrender all your privacy rights to get this right.”

Until we know if this proposed legislation will turn into an actual law, here are some tips to help you if you find yourself struggling to stay off your phone while driving:

1) Keep your phone out of reach:

Whether you have to throw your phone in the back seat or place it in the glove compartment, whatever helps you stay focused on the road, do it!

2) Turn your phone off, or put it on silent:

Personally, my phone is in silent mode nine out of ten times. I find this helps me not to be tempted to look over on my phone seeing that I won’t know if I’m receiving any calls or messages.

3) Download prevention apps:

If you can’t do it on your own, download an app to do it for you. There are several apps that will prevent you from texting and driving. One of the top apps you can try is LifeSaver.

What do you think about the textalyzer? Are authorities taking it too far?

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