RICHMOND, Va. (WNEW) — Police may soon have a new weapon in their efforts to prevent drivers from texting while on the road.

A Virginia company is working on a device that detects the radio signals sent out from a vehicle when someone inside is using a cell phone.

The technology is able to differentiate text messaging from phone calls. Virginia law allows adults to talk on a cellphone while driving, but not send text messages.

Malcolm McIntyre with Harrisonburg-based ComSonics tells the The Virginian-Pilot the company got its start making equipment for cable repairmen to find the precise spot where a cable is damaged.

The device could be wielded the same way an officer uses a radar gun.

McIntyre explained the device is not yet ready for production. It still needs legislative approval and a commitment from law enforcement.

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