New bill would allow police to search phones during crashes

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There’s a new push to crack down on distracted driving in Nevada.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said distracted driving results in around 3,500 deaths a year. 

Local lawmakers will debate a new bill that would allow police to search your phone at the scene of a crash. Officials would then be able to look through the device to see if you were using it while driving. 

If you refuse, your license would be automatically suspended for 90 days. 

“I respect our police department, I love what they do,” said Robert McDermitt, a concerned driver. “But I don’t think they should be able to go that far and invade privacy.”

If it becomes law, any driver would assume consent to have their phone searched by police – very similar to the way breathalyzers are handled when police suspect impaired driving. 

The bill has a hearing scheduled for Friday. 

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