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Chicago considering equipping police with anti-texting tools

Chicago considering equipping police with anti-texting tools | 11 Jan 2018 | Chicago may become the first city in the U.S. to arm its police officers with devices that will tell them immediately if motorists were texting when they got into a traffic accident. After hearing from a father whose son was killed in a traffic accident in which the driver was texting, as well as from a company that developed a prototype of the so-called "Textalyzer," the City Council's public safety committee voted Thursday to request that the police department study the hand-held devices. The vote sends the issue to the full council, which is all but certain to approve the resolution next week..."One thing that is troubling is that it's not clear what limitations there are on the information gathered," said Ed Yohnka, spokesman for the ACLU of Illinois told The Associated Press this week. Another question is whether the device is even necessary because there are ways for authorities to determine if a motorist was texting at the time of an accident.