Police in New Jersey might be allowed to search cell phones without a warrant after a motor vehicle crash.
A bill introduced in the state Senate seeks to help determine whether a motorist was on the phone when the accident took place.
Sen. James Holzapfel tells The Star-Ledger of Newark a police officer has a slim chance of witnessing the crash. The Ocean County Republican says it's no different than having an open bottle of liquor in the vehicle.
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The state's American Civil Liberties Union says state and federal constitutions generally require police to have probable cause in order to conduct a search.
The state's Highway Traffic Safety Division says there were 1,840 handheld cell phone-related crashes in New Jersey in 2011, resulting in 807 injuries and six deaths.