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The National Safety Council is a 501 nonprofit, nongovernmental public service organization promoting health and safety in the United States of America. Headquartered in Itasca, Illinois, NSC is a member organization, founded in 1913 and granted a congressional charter in 1953. Members include more than 55,000 businesses, labor organizations, schools, public agencies, private groups and individuals. NSC is nonpolitical and does not contribute to or support any political party or candidate.The group focuses on areas where the greatest number of preventable injuries and deaths occur, including workplace safety, teen driving, cell phone use while driving and safety in homes and communities. Wikipedia.

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"Car crashes remain the number one killer of teens[i]. Certainly distractions—including smartphones, infotainment systems built right into the car and even peer passengers—are risks teen drivers need to avoid," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "But it all boils down to inexperience. One of the best things parents can do is to stay involved and help their teen build the experience needed to become a safer driver." The survey also found that 60 percent of teens describe driving as somewhat or very stressful. By staying involved and helping teens become more experienced and confident drivers, parents can help alleviate some of that stress. Here are some key tips for parents: The National Safety Council encourages parents with new teen drivers to use resources from DriveitHOME.org to help them become effective driving coaches. DriveitHOME.org includes tips, driving lessons and a New Driver Deal that parents and teens can use to outline household driving rules. Parents also can see all the risks their new teen drivers face, including drowsy driving. Finally, DriveitHOME's new monitoring technology page can help guide parents on the best options for extending their involvement, even when they can't be in the passenger seat. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. [i] According to NSC Injury Facts 2017 [ii] According to Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health [iii] According to an NSC survey [iv] According to an NSC survey To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-safety-council-encourages-parent-education-during-prom-graduation-season-300451052.html


The free online courses, which normally cost up to $49.95 each, focus on road safety and distracted driving. They are provided by the National Safety Council, a nonprofit organization widely recognized as America's leading safety advocate for more than 100 years. "Although car crashes are 100% preventable, we lost 40,000 people on our roads in 2016," said Deborah Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "NSC is pleased to partner with car2go in our mission to end preventable deaths on our nation's roadways." "As the world's largest carsharing service, car2go can play a major role in helping to achieve Vision Zero's objective of eliminating road fatalities," said Paul DeLong, CEO of car2go NA. "We are continually enhancing our vehicles with advanced safety features, and we are proud to say that of the 8.75 million trips our North American members took last year, just .01 percent of them involved a road safety incident. Today we take our commitment to road safety a step further with the launch of an innovative new pilot program that provides valuable online road safety courses to our members free-of-charge, and rewards them for strengthening their road safety knowledge." "We commend car2go for not only working to advance sustainable transportation, but also for making this important commitment to Vision Zero," said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. "With this pilot program to reward its members who take a road safety course, car2go is sending an important message to the industry and the public that the campaign to save lives and prevent injuries on our streets must be an integral part of the effort to increase mobility in our cities." The pilot program is expected to begin in the next 30 days with outreach to car2go members chosen at random in car2go's New York and Washington, D.C. locations. The pilot program will enable those members chosen at random to receive car2go drive-time credit for taking NSC-approved online road safety courses. car2go will continually evaluate the success of the pilot with the goal of making it available to more car2go members – and in additional car2go locations – in the coming months. The launch of car2go's new road safety education pilot program and addition to NSC's Road to Zero Coalition builds upon the service's announced support for "Vision Zero" in March, 2016. Vision Zero is a road safety initiative championed by cities around the world with the goal of totally eliminating road fatalities and serious injuries. car2go's carsharing network of Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles feature innovative safety technology that has helped Mercedes-Benz build a strong reputation as a producer of safe, innovative and comfortable vehicles. In addition to the new road safety course pilot program, car2go does several other things to promote road safety, including: car2go's flexible, one-way carsharing service operates in the following cities with active Vision Zero programs: Austin; Calgary; Denver; Montreal; New York City; Portland; Seattle; Toronto; Vancouver; and Washington, D.C. In 2016, car2go grew its global customer base by 43-percent to 2.2 million members, and today the service boasts over 2.3 million members. Every 1.4 seconds, a car2go member takes a trip in a car2go vehicle in one of 26 car2go cities spread across North America, Europe, and Asia. In 2016, car2go's global network of nearly 14,000 vehicles were rented more than 22 million times, a 21-percent increase compared to 2015. In January, car2go introduced Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA four door vehicles to extend the accessibility of the service to families and groups of friends seeking to travel more places with more cargo. According to an August 2016 carsharing report1 by Frost & Sullivan, the global carsharing market is expected to grow from 7.9 million people in 2015 to over 36 million people by 2025. About car2go N.A., LLC car2go N.A., LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Daimler North America Corporation, offers an innovative mobility solution in rapidly growing urban areas via a carsharing network of affordable, eco-friendly Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. A flexible and "on demand" mode of transportation, car2go complements existing public transportation by bridging the gaps between the "first and last mile" of a member's commute. Today, car2go's global operation is the largest, fastest-growing carsharing program in the world with more than 2.3 million registered members and a fleet of nearly 14,000 vehicles in 26 locations in North America, Europe and Asia. The innovation and environmental sustainability of car2go have earned international acclaim, including TripAdvisor's 2015 "Travelers' Choice" award, "Best Carshare" from the Vancouver Courier, "2015 Best CarSharing Service" from Best of D.C., "2014 Best CarSharing App" from Best of D.C., recognition from the Austin Chamber of Commerce with the "Greater Austin Business Award" for its positive impact on the city's traffic, and the prestigious "2010 EPA Clean Air Excellence Award" from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Further information on car2go is available at car2go.com/NA/en/press/. 1 "Future of Carsharing Market to 2025", published August, 2016 by Frost & Sullivan To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/car2go-to-be-first-carsharing-service-that-rewards-members-for-taking-road-safety-education-courses-300450307.html


"The road to zero deaths is paved with potholes," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council.  "Someone is seriously injured on our roads every 8 seconds; someone is killed every 15 minutes. In too many cases, we are gathering the 'what' but not the 'why' and better data will enable us to make better decisions." Preliminary estimates from the National Safety Council indicate as many as 40,000 people died in car crashes in 2016. That marks a 6 percent increase over 2015 and a 14 percent increase over 2014 – the most dramatic two-year escalation since 1964. Without a clear understanding of the scope of the problem, regulations, laws and policies can be more effective. The National Safety Council identified 23 specific crash factors that should be captured on crash reports. While no state is capturing data for all 23 fields, Kansas and Wisconsin lead the nation by including fields and codes on reports for 14 of the factors identified as critical by NSC. Maryland, Kentucky and Nebraska each are capturing just five of the 23 factors. Six states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, New York and Virginia – do not provide fields or codes for police to capture alcohol impairment at low levelsii, even though fatal crashes involving drivers with low BACs are not uncommon. Of the eight states that have decriminalized recreational marijuana use, only four states – Alaska, California, Oregon and Washington – include fields and codes to record positive marijuana results from drug tests. The National Safety Council is calling on the traffic safety community to take several actions to ensure better data collection, including moving toward filling out crash reports electronically, updating forms more frequently to capture emerging issues such as fatigue and driver use of new technologies, adopting an investigatory approach to crashes and using electronic data recorders to collect crash factors such as performance information on any advanced driver assistance system in the vehicle. A full list of recommendations can be found at nsc.org/crashreport. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. i The National Safety Council reviewed one crash report from each state. NSC was not able to obtain a current crash report from the District of Columbia, so it is not included. ii "Low levels" refers to alcohol concentrations below the legal limit of 0.08. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/most-crash-reports-do-not-capture-drowsy-drunk-drugged-and-distracted-driving-according-to-national-safety-council-300444894.html


News Article | April 24, 2017
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Deufol North America, the Sunman, Indiana-based global packaging, logistics, and supply chain firm, recently received four prestigious Occupational Awards from the National Safety Council, which promotes and advocates for enhanced safety protections in the workplace. The Milestone Award, which recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 30 days without incurring an illness or injury that resulted in days from work. The 2017 Significant Improvement Award, which recognizes companies that have a minimum of 20 percent reduction of injuries and illnesses that involved days away from work. The Perfect Record Award, which recognizes companies that have completed a period of at least 12 consecutive months without incurring an injury or illness that resulted in days away from work. The Operational Excellence achievement award, for companies with equal to or less than 50 percent of the BLS ratings for their 6 digit NAICS code. Deufol’s safety record is a reflection of the entire team’s attitude toward workplace safety, according to Deufol North America Human Resources, Lisa Nichols. Deufol’s leadership team developed a health and safety constitution that formally established the facility’s commitment to workplace safety. The leadership team also worked with the entire facility team to create a culture of active participation in safety and protection. All team members are responsible for a commitment to safety and any team member can propose ideas or suggestions that could enhance safety. Additionally, Safety Teams on all three shifts provide consistent leadership and support in safety efforts. Deufol also implemented other strategies aimed at improving safety and protecting worker health. One was the Hearts and Minds calendars competition, which was created by employees and their loved ones to boost safety and health awareness among the team. Another initiative was Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA), which was an audit of the facility to identify and eliminate potential safety hazards. Deufol is proud that its commitment to safety has been recognized by The National Safety Council. However, Deufol is even more proud to offer a safe work environment for all of its team members. ABOUT DEUFOL Deufol is a global packaging, supply chain, and distribution company. The Sunman, Indiana facility is the headquarters of Deufol North America. Globally, Deufol has more than 3000 employees in over 90 locations. The company serves customers in a broad range of industries with projects related to packaging and distribution, design and process development, packaging automation and technology solutions, and supply-chain and location services.


News Article | April 2, 2017
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Apple - Here's What You May Not Know An iPhone nearly killed a man who fell asleep while his phone was still charging. He was admitted to a hospital with second and third-degree burns to his neck and hands. Wiley Day, from Alabama, was almost killed by electrocution on March 23. He said that his metal dog tags slipped between the charger and the extension cord while he was asleep. Day was hit with 110 volts and doctors said that he is lucky to be alive, as 100 volts alone have the capacity to kill a person. The man is expected to recover completely and will be speaking at Alabama A&M University on April 5 at 5 p.m. "Thursday morning is probably the scariest morning I've ever been through in my life," said Day. Day survived because he found the strength to break the chain from his neck and stop the electrocution. The iPhone loosened from an extension cord and the dog tag he was wearing at the time as a necklace slipped inside the cracks and started conducting electricity. The man was thrown from his bed to the ground and stopped feeling anything in a matter of moments. "Your body is numb at that point. I guess people would think it would be burning, but in my case I felt a whole lot of pressure around my neck," he noted. The man started to lose eyesight and felt as if he were trying to see out of a peephole, with everything looking like shades of gray and black. Shortly after this, the man became aware of his heartbeat, which ticked loudly inside his ear. Day remembers the entire moment, including the way he kept desperately shouting for help from his relatives, who were asleep on the other side of the house. After minutes of struggle, his adult niece ran into the room. "She said I kept yelling 'Jesus!'. When I came to senses and figured out what happened, I literally stood straight up, and I said, 'Oh my God, I think I just got electrocuted!'," remembers Day. Day came out of this experience a changed man. "Charge your phone away from you. Charge it the next day. It's not worth your life," Day added. Every year approximately 400 people die from electrocution and another 4,400 are injured because of electrical hazards, according to the American Burn Association. Of these, on average, 180 cases are related to consumer products. Additionally, another 325 people die and approximately 4,000 are injured at the workplace as part of electrical accidents, notes the association — quoting data from the National Safety Council. Electricity is responsible for 140,000 fires every year, which result in another approximately 400 deaths and 4,000 injuries. The cost of the damage caused by these fires is around $1.6 billion in property damage, while the total economic loss due to electrical hazards is estimated to be more than $4 billion every year. "Check electrical tools regularly for signs of wear. If a cord is frayed or cracked, replace it. Replace any tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, overheats, shorts out or gives off smoke or sparks," notes the Electrical Safety Educator's Guide issued by the association. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


A total of 4,836 people died in workplace incidents in 2015, and 937 of those killed were construction workers.[i] Falls are the second leading cause of death in the workplace, and more than half of fall-related deaths each year occur in the construction industry.[ii] "On Workers' Memorial Day, we pause to remember those that have been lost in completely preventable incidents," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "Sadly the results of our survey indicate that many workers still worry about whether they will make it home safely tonight. We call on all employers to renew their commitment to keep everyone safe, on every job, each and every day." Gauging Americans' perceptions toward their safety at work may help provide further insight into workplace deaths. Other key findings from workers across all industries include: The National Safety Council offers free resources through the Journey to Safety Excellence for those looking to improve the safety culture in their organizations, and calls on employees to take the pledge to keep one another safe at work. The survey is based on the Council's Employee Perception Surveys. Full survey results and methodology are available here. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council's flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information. [i] According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: https://www.bls.gov/news.release/cfoi.nr0.htm [ii] According to Injury Facts, 2017 edition To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/58-percent-of-construction-workers-say-safety-takes-a-backseat-to-productivity-according-to-national-safety-council-survey-300447135.html


News Article | May 8, 2017
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Drivers respond to emergencies more slowly and severely in semi-automated cars, according to a new study in the Journal of Safety Research. The authors of the study, from Clemson University in the US, say we will need new ways of assessing whether drivers are safe behind the wheel to keep up with the technology. One of the benefits of self-driving cars is that the driver can get on with other things while being driven, like reading or catching up on some work. But what happens when there is an emergency or one of the systems fails and the driver has to take over? In their new study, researchers Dr. David Neyens and Dr. Sijun Shen wanted to find out if drivers who are concentrating on something else while the car is in control are slower to respond to emergencies. "As we know, when using technology, things are designed to work well but they don't always," said Dr. Neyens. "So when something stops functioning, how does the driver respond and safely become the driver of the vehicle?" They asked 48 participants to drive a car in a simulator. Half were given a manual car to 'drive' and half were given a semi-automated car with adaptive cruise control and a lane keeping assistant, which keep the car moving in the right direction at the right speed. To mimic the way people are likely to drive in the future, the people driving the semi-automated cars watched a video while they were driving. There was then a simulated emergency: a strong gust of wind that pushed the cars out of lane. The people driving the semi-automated cars were slower to respond to the emergency than the drivers in manual control of the car. They also responded more severely, moving the wheel a lot in one direction to compensate for the delay. The people driving manually had a quicker, calmer response to the emergency. "Autonomous vehicles are a disruptive innovation - they will fundamentally change a lot about the transportation domain," said Dr. Neyens. "Ultimately, we want to improve people's safety. There's great opportunity in the semi-automated driving system because there are such huge safety implications: it's life or death, not just for the driver or passenger but for anyone in the environment." Along with the change in technology will come a change in behavior: in the future, drivers are likely to engage in non-driving tasks like watching videos when the car is being controlled automatically. According to Dr. Neyens, it is important to find out where and how drivers are carrying out these tasks, then design systems, such as alarms, that improve their safety. We will also need to think about how to educate and assess drivers - it will become increasingly irrelevant whether a driver can change gear and much more important whether they are capable of responding when there is a system failure. "For fully automated vehicles, should there be driver education at all?" asked Dr. Neyens, "I think so. But what that will look like in the future is still an important question." The article is "Assessing drivers' response during automated driver support system failures with non-driving tasks," by Sijun Shen and David M. Neyens. It appears in the Journal of Safety Research, volume 61 (June, 2017), published by Elsevier. Copies of this paper are available to credentialed journalists upon request; please contact Elsevier's Newsroom at newsroom@elsevier.com or +31 20 485 2492. The Journal of Safety Research is a multidisciplinary publication that provides for the exchange of scientific evidence in all areas of safety and health, including traffic, workplace, home, and community. While this research forum invites submissions using rigorous methodologies in all related areas, it focuses on basic and applied research in unintentional injury and illness prevention. Affiliated with the National Safety Council, it seeks to engage the global scientific community including academic researchers, engineers, government agencies, policy makers, corporate decision makers, safety professionals and practitioners, psychologists, social scientists and public health professionals. Elsevier is a global information analytics company that helps institutions and professionals progress science, advance healthcare and improve performance for the benefit of humanity. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, more than 35,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professionals and business customers across industries. http://www.


"PotashCorp, The Boeing Company and Deputy Chief Jogmen have helped make our world a safer place to work and live," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "We are proud to honor them and to recognize all the outstanding finalists that share the Council's goal of eliminating preventable deaths and injuries in our lifetime." PotashCorp recognized that tools and procedures designed to reduce injuries as a whole do not always affect serious injury and fatality (SIF) rates. To close the gap, PotashCorp developed a system to empower workers to identify potential SIF exposure before an incident and provides training so employees can identify potential problems in routine activities. The approach includes reviewing everyday tasks for risk, integrating injury prevention into all safety processes and following up on all incidents for SIF potential. The Boeing Company developed a fall protection system – the Piranha Lox True Interlock Harness – that disables a work platform if a worker is not properly hooked into his or her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Falls account for 10 percent of all occupational deaths each year; in more than 75 percent of those fatalities, PPE is available but either not used or used incorrectly. Deputy Chief Lou Jogmen spearheaded the inaugural Illinois Rail Safety Week in 2014 by gathering more than 300 independent police agencies, county sheriff departments, private firms and state agencies to promote public awareness through education, enforcement and rail safety engineering advances. The model has been expanded to other campaigns in Illinois, including distracted driving awareness, and was used to introduce National Rail Safety Week in 2016, co-sponsored by International Association of Chiefs of Police and Operation Lifesaver. The finalists were selected from over 50 applicants reviewed and evaluated by an external panel. Other finalists included Odebrecht Construction, Chatham County, Ga., Tracey Holmberg of Swedish Medical Center in Denver, Colo., and Trenda McPherson of the Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition in Tallahassee, Fla. Visit greencross.nsc.org for additional information about each winner and finalist. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by eliminating preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. Safety+Health magazine, the Council's flagship publication, is a leading source of occupational safety and health information. To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-safety-council-announces-winners-of-its-prestigious-green-cross-for-safety-awards-300464395.html


Among the more jarring statistics in the 2017 edition: A free recording of a webinar addressing highlights from the 2017 edition of Injury Facts® is available, and the entire book can be purchased at nsc.org/injuryfacts. Credentialed media may request a complimentary copy of the book by emailing media@nsc.org. About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities. i According to NSC analysis of National Center for Health Statistics data To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/national-safety-council-releases-annual-compilation-of-the-leading-causes-of-preventable-death-300456570.html


News Article | May 14, 2017
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In this Wednesday, May 10, 2017 photo, Ben Lieberman sits for a portrait at his home in Chappaqua, N.Y. After his 19-year-old son, Evan, was killed in a car crash in which the driver of the vehicle he was riding in was texting behind the wheel, Liberman has been working on a proposal that would allow police at accident scenes in New York to immediately examine drivers' cellphones with a device to determine if they'd been tapping, swiping or clicking. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Ben Lieberman just wanted to find out what may have caused the head-on collision that killed his 19-year-old son, Evan, on a highway north of New York City. It took a lawsuit and six months in court to get the cellphone records showing the driver of the car his son was in had been texting behind the wheel. Lieberman doesn't believe getting that information should be so hard. He's channeling his grief over the 2011 accident into a proposal that would allow police at accident scenes in New York to immediately examine drivers' cellphones with a device to determine if they'd been tapping, swiping or clicking. It's been called a Breathalyzer for texting. "You think people are already looking at phones and it just doesn't happen," said Lieberman, who is partnering with the Israel-based tech company Cellebrite to develop the plug-in device that's been nicknamed the "textalyzer." The idea already faces obstacles from constitutional and privacy advocates who are quick to note that police need the owner's consent and a warrant to get cellphone records. They're also concerned such technology would be used to access all of the personal information people may have on their cellphones. "Every fender bender would become a pretense for gobbling up people's private cellphone information, and we know that cellphones typically contain our entire lives," said New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman, who is no relation to Ben Lieberman. At least 46 states have laws barring texting while driving and 14 ban all hand-held devices, but some safety advocates say more needs to be done to enforce the laws. Deborah Hersman, the CEO of the National Safety Council and a supporter of the "textalyzer" legislation, noted that in 2016, 40,000 people died on the road, a 14 percent jump from 2014 and the biggest two-year jump in 50 years. "There can't be a more compelling reason than life or death for saying why we should have access to this information," Hersman said. Cellebrite said its technology, which is about nine months away from being finished, sidesteps privacy concerns because it's designed only to determine usage, not access data. Company officials said the device would only be able to tell if someone physically clicked or swiped the phone during the time of the accident, and then investigators could use that to determine if they should get a warrant for more detailed information. "For this device, the whole purpose is not to get any data," said Jim Grady, the chief executive officer of Cellebrite USA. "So no, police won't be able to, unless they rewrite our code." Under the bill, which has been approved in one Senate committee and is pending in another, a person would not be criminalized for refusing to have their phone checked, but they could get their license suspended. The idea is that a person implies consent to drive without distractions when they receive a license, said Jay Shapiro, a New York attorney and former deputy district attorney. Sponsors say they expect the Republican-led Senate to approve the bill, but anticipate opposition from the Democratic-led Assembly. Similar legislation is being considered in Tennessee, New Jersey and the city of Chicago. After Ben Lieberman obtained the cellphone records, the driver of the car carrying Evan had his license revoked for a year. He was never charged with a crime. Lieberman said he hopes the "textalyzer" will serve as a deterrent and a way for law enforcement to begin tracking the scope of the problem. "The last thing I want to do is be responsible for legislation that is going to infringe on someone's privacy," he said, "but I also don't want to bury another child."

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