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NV lawmakers discuss 'textalyzer' to scan phones after crashes

Posted at 9:10 AM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 12:10:11-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Lawmakers in Carson City are considering a law to crack down on distracted driving using a device known as a "textalyzer."

The device would allow officers to scan driver cellphones to view recent cellphone activity following a crash.

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The proposal is prompting privacy concerns, but the maker of the device says it does not store or access the users personal content.

The Associated Press reports, in the initial version of the proposal, drivers who refused to have their phones checked would have faced a 90-day suspension of their driver’s license. An amendment by the measure’s sponsor, Democratic Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow, withdrew the penalty and said police must obtain a warrant if a driver refuses access.