Radar Gun That Detects Texting Drivers in the Works

A company based in Virginia is developing a device like a radar gun that will help police officers catch texting drivers in the act.
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A company based in Virginia is developing a device like a radar gun that will help police officers catch texting drivers in the act.
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Many places have already deemed the use of mobile phones illegal while driving, but this new device will help to reiterate that. Virginia-based ComSonics is developing a radar gun that will help police officers detect drivers who try to multitask by texting.

According to the company's Calibration Services Manager, Malcolm McIntyre, the technology is similar to what is used by cable repairpeople to find where a cable is damaged. Basically, the tool looks for frequencies leaking in a transmission.

According to Auto Evolution, a text message emits different frequencies than phone calls and data transfers. This can be distinguished by the device being developed by ComSonics. The one issue engineers might face is if the device will be able to actually identify which car the transmission is coming from.

Other issues would be if police are able to identify when text messages are actually sent, if they were sent through voice-recognition controls in the vehicle, and if the transmission detected was in fact for a message being sent and not received.

The idea for such a device, however, is novel and if all the issues are addressed, it could prove to be especially useful on American roads. A study from the American Automobile Association found that 47 percent of teens admitted to being distracted while behind the wheel because of texting. Another 40 percent of Americans said they have been in a car with a driver who used a mobile phone in a way that could put others in danger. 

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