NY Bill Will Let Cops Seek Texts On Phones After Crashes

Law360, Washington (April 5, 2016, 8:33 PM EDT) -- A bill unveiled by New York state legislators on Tuesday would require drivers involved in automobile accidents to hand over their cellphones so police can scan the devices to see if they were using their phones around the time of the crash.

Police could see if the devices had been engaged in texting, calling or other uses but would not be able to access content such as contacts, numbers and conversations, state Sen. Terrence Murphy, R-Westchester, and state Assembly Assistant Speaker Felix Ortiz, D-Kings, said in announcing the bill.

“There's a significant number of drivers who continually engage in reckless behavior,...

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