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A textalyzer is a proposed device that would act as a breathalyzer for text messaging.[1][2] The device has been promoted as a means of reducing distracted driving. The device would be used by police officers who suspect that a driver has been texting while driving using similar procedures currently in place for drivers suspected of driving under the influence. The device would be connected to the driver's mobile phone and would scan the phone for calls, e-mails, or text messages sent when the driver would have been operating the vehicle.

In 2016, legislation was introduced in the New York Senate to implement the use of textalyzers.[2]


  1. ^ Matt Richtel (2016-04-27). "Texting and Driving? Watch Out for the Textalyzer". Retrieved 2016-04-28.
  2. ^ a b David Kravets (2016-04-11). "First came the Breathalyzer, now meet the roadside police "textalyzer"". Retrieved 2016-04-28.