New York state is set to review the use of a device known as a "textalyzer", which is designed to detect if a cellphone was used in the moments before a crash.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has directed the Governor's Traffic Safety Committee to study the technology.

The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee and its member agencies will study:

  • Existing technology
  • Constitutional and legal issues associated with the implementation and use of such technology
  • Implementation and use of such technologies in other jurisdictions
  •  Statutory amendments necessary for the implementation and use of such technology in New York
  •  Any other issues deemed necessary.

"Despite laws to ban cell phone use while driving, some motorists still continue to insist on texting behind the wheel -- placing themselves and others at substantial risk,"  Cuomo said. "This review will examine the effectiveness of using this new emerging technology to crack down on this reckless behavior and thoroughly evaluate its implications to ensure we protect the safety and privacy of New Yorkers."

At the conclusion of the study, a report will be issued on the committee's research and the next steps to take.

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