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The Textalyzer: Will It Reduce Distracted Driving?

What is a textalyzer, and how can it help reduce distracted driving in Tennessee? Police describe the textalyzer as a “breathalyzer for your phone.” But whereas breathalyzers analyze your breath for traces of alcohol, textalyzers analyze your phone to determine whether your phone has been recently active. How it works: a police officer pulls you over. Perhaps you are driving erratically, or perhaps the officer is responding to an accident. Whatever happened, the officer is now speaking to you. The officer suspects that your behavior/accident may be the result of distracted driving. So, using the textalyzer, the officer scans your phone. The textalyzer detects that you were talking, typing or swiping on your phone in the time leading up to a crash/while you were driving erratically. Some believe that textalyzers are the next great tool to help deter drivers from using their cell phones while driving. Others believe textalyzers are…
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How Many People Admit to Texting While Driving?

Recently, the Huffington Post had a frightening story about texting while driving that focused on how a Knoxville school bus crash involved this form of distracted driving. According to the news outlet, a police investigation recently determined that a 2014 Knoxville crash involved a bus driver who was texting at the time of the crash. The driver reportedly received multiple messages on his cell phone when his bus collided with another bus in December 2014. Sadly, the accident killed two young girls, an aspiring teacher and the driver, who passed away a few weeks ago after sustaining serious injuries. Due to the driver’s death, there will be no prosecution in the case. The buses were traveling in opposite directions when one crossed a median and crashed into the other one. The family members of the victims have stated that they intend to file wrongful death lawsuits against the district. “In…
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