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Cops Might Get ‘Radar Guns’ That Spot Distracted Drivers

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Cops Might Get ‘Radar Guns’ That Spot Distracted Drivers

Police of the future could be able to detect distracted driving with the same effort as spotting speeders by using radar guns.

A company in Virginia is developing a device that has the technology to determine if someone is texting and driving. The radar-gunlike device detects the telltale radio frequencies that are transmitted from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone according to Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. It’s similar to a device that cable repairmen use to find leaking frequencies in a transmission.

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ComSonics, the company that is working on the device, said that a text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies from a cellphone, allowing the new technology to help police catch those that are texting behind the wheel or using their cellphone without a Bluetooth hands-free device.

The device is “close to production” but the company will still have to get legislative approval and adoption by law enforcement agencies.

[Source: Pilot Online]