NY could become the first state to legalize the use of a device aimed at combatting distracted driving

05.11.17 | Bob Price

In the same way a breathalyzer tells if a driver is drunk, the Textalyzer app can tell if a driver was using a phone while behind the wheel.

Deb Hersman with the National Safety Council says New York could start a national trend by embracing this technology.

Critics say this software raises all sorts of privacy issues if cops seize cellphones at crash sites.

The proposed law gives police the power to confiscate phones so they can be scanned by the "textalyzer."

As many as ten-thousand Americans are killed each year in crashes involving a distracted driver.