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New Radar Gun will be able to detect texting and driving.

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Texting and driving is illegal in 44 states and an unsafe act. If you are one of the people texting you may have something new to watch out for. A Virginia company is developing a Radar gun that would pick up on the radio frequency emitted during the text transmissions.
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The technology works by detecting the telltale radio frequencies that emit from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cellphone, said Malcolm McIntyre of ComSonics. Cable repairmen use similar means to find where a cable is damaged – from a rodent, for instance – by looking for frequencies leaking in a transmission, McIntyre said.

A text message, phone call and data transfer emit different frequencies that can be distinguished by the device ComSonics is working on, according to McIntyre. That would prove particularly useful for law enforcement in states such as Virginia, where texting behind the wheel is banned but talking on the phone is legal for adult drivers.

The device is close to production and still has to have legislative approval and law enforcement adopters before it will be on the street.

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