I just read an article from Automotive News on a new device they are testing to help with texting and driving. They would call it a “textalyzer” relating the device to a breathalyzer. A device that will calculate how many times you’ve used your phone while driving. It’s about time.
New “Textalyzer” Device To Stop Texting & Driving
There is nothing I hate more than driving behind someone who is texting. I am sure you all agree with me on this one. They drive under the speed limit, they swerve, they miss lights, they miss stop signs… the madness has to end! I’ve just started honking obnoxiously at anyone who appears to be texting while driving, but coming up with a device to measure the number of times someone picks up their phone behind the wheel seems like a much better method!
If you think about it, it totally makes sense. According to an article, the Huffington Post published, “between 2005 and 2012, the number of drunk driving fatalities per person decreased 28%. In the same time period, the percentage of people observed “visibly manipulating” their phones while driving increased a staggering 650%.”
Are we serious right now?!?
What is the different between getting in the car drunk (not paying attention, not handling the wheel correctly, not driving straight, and driving no where close to the speed limit) or texting in a car (not paying attention, not handling the wheel correctly, not driving straight, and driving no where close to the speed limit)? There really isn’t one folks.
Which is why I think it is time for a “textalyzer” device. Especially since many states have banned phones while driving, yet people still get away with it and cause accidents.
How The Device Works
This device would plug into your phone allowing the police to track how many times you’ve used your phone once you got into your vehicle. Of course, people are going to say it is just another way to invade my privacy, but according to USNews, police cannot access any personal information, i.e. phone numbers, pictures, emails, or even web browsing. They would just be notified how many times you’ve used your device and what you used it for.
So, the next time you are behind the wheel and reach for that phone, just think about how many lives you are putting in danger…including your own! And hopefully, cops will be able to use this device soon to help stop texting and driving 🙂
Now, here’s a horribly sad video you all should see about texting and driving because we shouldn’t forget how dangerous it is!