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Breathalyzers, Textalyzers and the Constitution

"Which is more intrusive: checking your phone or checking your body chemistry?"

Search and seizure.

Photographer: Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg

New York’s Legislature is considering a proposal to give police officers “textalyzers,” gizmos that would enable roadside checks of drivers suspected of using mobile phones behind the wheel. Given the dangers of texting while driving, the technology may be a good idea. But is it constitutional?

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