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Nevada bill would allow police to search drivers phone at scene of crash

Posted at 6:57 PM, Feb 25, 2019

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada residents may soon have their phones confiscated should police have reason to believe a driver was on their phone before a crash.

Assembly Bill 200 will allow law enforcement to check your phone if they believe they have reasonable and probable cause.

Which one driver, Scott Stanley, said could be a game changer but saying it wouldn't be a bad idea either.

"Was I on my phone when I got in an accident? The other people might want to know that," Stanley said.

The proposal makes sense to Nevada resident Patricia Olsen but opposes it for other reasons.

"I think for something like that, for texting, to prove that a person was doing wrong, absolutely," Olsen.

Nevada Assemblywoman Michelle Gorelow introduced the bill as a way to cut down on distracted driving.

The bill calls for a device that would be able to determine if drivers touched a phone before a crash.

David Schoen, a Republican candidate who was defeated by Gorelow in the November election, said he opposes the bill saying it's an invasion of peoples Fourth Amendment right.

"It's an invasion of privacy. This bill does not have the best interest of our community in mind," Schoen said.

Drivers like Stanley told 13 Action News he couldn't agree more.

"That might be an intrusion in my private life... my phone is my phone," Stanley said.

A scheduling hearing is set for Friday for this bill.

You can share your opinions with your lawmakers, here.