How will law enforcement officials detect when a driver is illegally texting while operating a vehicle? A new radar device may be the answer.
A company in Virginia is working on the device. It detects a radio signal sent out from a vehicle when someone inside is using a mobile phone.
It is able to differentiate between a call and a text message.
In a statement to The Virginian-Pilot, ComSonics developed a device for cable repairmen to find the spot where a cable is damaged, and the text detector would use similar technology.
It is not in production and has not had legislative approval, according to ComSonics.
Right now, there is no law in Arizona against texting and driving. Rather, officers can cite people for “reckless driving” only after an accident occurs.
(FYI: I have been a personal injury/wrongful death lawyer in Arizona for 22 years, and I have yet to see this happen).
Might this change the landscape in Arizona, if officers had technology to determine this in a first instance, and before an accident?