Lawmakers introduce device to detect texting and driving

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — First it was the breathalyzer, and now New York lawmakers want to introduce another road safety device — the “textalyzer.”

It’s a handheld device that attaches to phones. It can tell if and when any texts were sent or if any phone calls were made during a crash.

Critics of the bill point out privacy concerns, calling the law invasive.

The device, made by the company Cellebrite, cannot actually read messages. It can only tell if they were sent.

The entire legislature will have to vote on it before it reaches Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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