Imagine if law enforcement could trap people who are texting and driving by using the radio frequencies which cell phones transmit? One Harrisonburg, Virginia company is hoping to be able to make that a reality in the near future by developing a device that will help nab people who practice dangerous driving habits.
The device resembles a radar gun that police use to catch speeders. It works using the same type of technology that cable company workers use when they are trying to find a damaged cable line. They do so by searching for frequencies leaking in a transmission.
Police will be able to measure if any frequencies are being transmitted from a car, which would indicate that there is text messaging, a phone call, or Internet browsing taking place in that vehicle. Since those activities all send out different frequencies, the device will alert police to which activity is occurring.
It is not just texting and driving activity that is causing car crashes. Many states have passed hand-held cell phone bans. Even voice-to-text activity has been proven to be just as dangerous when driving as regular texting is.
National statistics show that more than 25 percent of all fatal vehicle accidents which occur are caused by some kind of cell phone activity distraction. If you have lost a loved one in a car crash, contact a dedicated Virginia wrongful death attorney to find out what legal recourse you may have against the at-fault driver.