Bill would let NJ police search cellphones - FOX13 News, WHBQ FOX 13

NJ police want to search cellphones without warrants

Posted: Updated:

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Police in New Jersey might be allowed to search cellphones 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 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.

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.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  • New Jersey NewsNew Jersey NewsMore>>

  • Court rules for township: Mathis will not be reinstated as chief

    Court rules for township: Mathis will not be reinstated as chief

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:52 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:52:06 GMT
    Superior Court Judge Mark Cirocca ruled Thursday in favor of the Township of Berkeley Heights and Mayor Joe Bruno in their case against former Police Chief Mike Mathis, who will not be reinstated to his position. In his decision, Cirocco stated that Mathis failed to demonstrate "by clear and convincing evidence" that Bruno lacked the authority to unilaterally accept Mathis' resignation as set forth in the protocols of the Berkeley Heights Township Municipal Code.
    Superior Court Judge Mark Cirocca ruled Thursday in favor of the Township of Berkeley Heights and Mayor Joe Bruno in their case against former Police Chief Mike Mathis, who will not be reinstated to his position. In his decision, Cirocco stated that Mathis failed to demonstrate "by clear and convincing evidence" that Bruno lacked the authority to unilaterally accept Mathis' resignation as set forth in the protocols of the Berkeley Heights Township Municipal Code.
  • Montclair State University to make SAT & ACT scores optional

    Montclair State University to make SAT & ACT scores optional

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:20 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:20:34 GMT
    Photo courtesy of TAPinto.netPhoto courtesy of TAPinto.net
    Montclair State University (MSU) announced Tuesday that it will join the ranks of more than 800 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities and make the SAT/ACT test an optional requirement for all applicants seeking undergraduate admission. This announcement makes MSU the first public university in New Jersey do so.
    Montclair State University (MSU) announced Tuesday that it will join the ranks of more than 800 of the nation’s leading colleges and universities and make the SAT/ACT test an optional requirement for all applicants seeking undergraduate admission. This announcement makes MSU the first public university in New Jersey do so.
  • Shooting at NJ Transit station

    Shooting at NJ Transit station

    Friday, August 1 2014 8:53 AM EDT2014-08-01 12:53:14 GMT
    Police were investigating a shooting at the NJ Transit train station in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning.  It apparently happened around 4:30 a.m. The victim was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery.
    Police were investigating a shooting at the NJ Transit train station in Elizabeth, N.J. on Friday morning.  It apparently happened around 4:30 a.m. The victim was shot in the leg in an apparent robbery.
Powered by WorldNow

WHBQ-TV | Fox 13
485 S. Highland St.
Memphis, TN 38111

Main Station: (901) 320-1313
Newsroom: (901) 320-1340

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices