Recent studies show that over 60% of drivers in Ireland drive and text.
This week Gardaí launched a huge operation to clamp down on drivers using or holding a mobile phone while driving. This carries a fixed charge of 3 penalty points and an €80 fine.
The Gardai could probably use a Textalyser? With this device Gardaí arriving at the scene of an accident could check the phones of the drivers involved to see if there was recent activity on the device. What about the data protection implications?
Safest bet - don't drive and text.
A new law proposed by state senator Terrence Murphy and assemblyman Felix Ortiz would give police permission to search any phone or portable device at the scene of an accident. Cellebrite, an Israeli company that helps law enforcement crack smartphones, is marketing a device it’s calling a “textalyzer” that would analyze a driver’s phone.