New York State lawmakers have proposed a new bill that would allow police to use a device called the “textalyzer.” It’s similar to the breathalyzer.
According to the legislation, if you’re in an accident, police would be able to scan your phone with the device and it would tell them if you were texting at the time of the crash or moments before.
Brookyln State Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is co-sponoring the bill.
He says an Israeli company is currently developing the device.
The device will not be able to read the text messages or gain access to contacts and see other information on a driver’s phone.
Under the proposed legislation, if a driver refuses to allow police to scan their phone, they could lose their license.
Assemblyman Ortiz is hoping the bill passes the legislature before it breaks for the summer on June 20.