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Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference to announce the increase in penalties for texting while driving in New York.
New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a serious crash was texting while driving.
Cuomo announced Wednesday, July 26, 2017, that he would direct the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise.
FILE – In this May 31, 2013 file photo, New York Gov.
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Cuomo orders study on ‘textalyzer’ tech in New York city
Cuomo on Wednesday ordered the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to study and report on the effectiveness of new “textalyzer” technology and its potential use in New York.
“I am pleased that the Governor has embraced the idea that Textalyzer technology can be a vital tool for law enforcement agencies,” Murphy said.
“As the committee gathers its information, I am certain they will discover what I already know — that Textalyzer technology can save lives.”
During that same time, he said, 1.2 million tickets were issued by police for cellphone violations, though the numbers have been going down.
Cuomo wants to see whether technology that can reveal if someone was using their cellphones in the moments before a crash would work in New York.
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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) – New York state is set to study the use of a device known as the “textalyzer” that would allow police to determine whether a motorist involved in a crash was texting while driving.
The device is called the “textalyzer” because of its similarity to the Breathalyzer, which is used to identify drunk drivers.
Privacy advocates have questioned whether the technology’s use would violate personal privacy.
Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that he’s directing the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee to examine the technology, as well as the privacy and constitutional questions it could raise.
In a statement provided exclusively to The Associated Press, Cuomo says that despite the state’s ban on using hand-held cellphones while driving, some motorists insist on putting themselves and others at risk.