Legislation proposed in the state of New Jersey would make it legal for police officers to search the phones of accident victims at the scene without a warrant. The bill, proposed by state Sen. James Holzapfel,
The measure would allow cops — without a warrant — to thumb through a cell phone to determine if a driver was talking or texting when an accident occurred. It requires officers to have "reasonable grounds" to believe the law was broken.
Officers would be allowed to look through call and messaging records, but would have to return the phone after reviewing the data Unless further Probable Cause is disclosed while looking through the phone.
As expected the bill is being supported by police organizations throughout the Garden State. However the New Jersey American Civil Liberties Union say it could touch off a contentious legal debate over whether giving officers such access violates a motorist’s right to privacy or protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
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