Statistics are beginning to suggest that show texting while driving to be even more life-threatening than drunk driving. One report shows that drivers are more than 20 times as likely to be in a collision if they use a smart device while driving.
Maybe that’s why New York is proposing a new, mandatory app for smart devices that tracks drivers’ online activity. It’s been dubbed the “textalyzer.” If the law passes, drivers will be required to share the data with officers after a vehicular accident. If the data shows that smart device use contributed to the collision, it will be admissible in a court of law.
Opponents argue that this technology would infringe upon privacy and freedom, but with so many lives on the line, textalyzers have an undeniable appeal to public safety officials.
In the meantime, we can solve this problem by leaving the smart devices completely out of our driving routines. After all, smart phones haven’t been around that long, and somehow we managed to drive without them for decades. Surely we can unlearn such a newly acquired habit, if it means saving lives.