Proposed Law Would Allow Cops to Search Phones After Crashes
Just when you thought every crazy law had already been proposed…check this one out: New Jersey lawmakers are considering a bill that would require drivers to hand over their cell phones along with their licenses and registrations when talking to police after a car accident. The bill would give police the right to thumb through the phone’s history of calls and text messages without a warrant, under the pretense of assessing whether or not the phone was in use during the accident. Afterwards, officers would be required to return cellphones to their users. If passed, the bill would be the first of its kind. A similar bill failed in Hawaii in 2009. Reports indicate that approx. 10,000 motor vehicle crashes were attributed to cellphone use in New Jersey from 2008-2010.