London - When police want to check whether a driver has been drinking, they reach for a breathalyser.
Now a new device could help them discover if a motorist has been using their phone at the wheel – the ‘textalyser’.
The gadget could soon be legalised in the US as part of a crackdown.
A bill being considered in Nevada would allow police at the roadside to plug it into a suspect’s phone to check whether it had been used to surf Facebook or send messages while the car was in motion.
Created by the Israeli company Cellebrite, it would show what activity was carried out on the phone without revealing the contents of messages, the firm says.