- Associated Press - Thursday, July 27, 2017

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s Traffic Safety Committee is going to study new technology that’s designed to detect if a cellphone was used in the moments before a vehicle crash.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the goal is to study how effective the new technology is as the state tries to crack down on cellphone use behind the wheel.

The committee will hear from advocates who support the so-called Textalyzer technology and issue a report on its findings.

According to a December 2016 report by the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, from 2011-2015 12 people were killed and 2,784 injured in crashes involving cell phones. Also during that time period, 1.2 million tickets were issued for cell phone violations, and among the tickets given in 2015, 39 percent were for texting.

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