‘Text a Driver in New Jersey, and You Could See Your Day in Court’

Ben Brumfield and Chris Boyette:

They {a New Jersey court} ruled that if the sender of text messages knows that the recipient is driving and texting at the same time, a court may hold the sender responsible for distraction and hold him or her liable for the accident.

I thought that would be the stupidest part of the article, it was, but not the most concerning:

And new legislation proposed by state Sen. James Holzapfel would let police thumb through cellphones if they have “reasonable grounds” to believe the driver was talking or texting when the wreck occurred.

That’s messed up. Now, I would be fine with searching a phone’s records for texting after a court ordered it so, but a police officer doing so simply because they suspect it? Fuck. That.

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by Ben Brooks
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Ben Brumfield and Chris Boyette: They {a New Jersey court} ruled that if the sender of text messages knows that the recipient is driving and texting at the same time, a court may hold the sender responsible for distraction and hold him or her liable for the accident. I thought that would be the stupidest […]