Drivers in the UK are now going to be assumed guilty of using their cell phones in crashes just because they have them on their person.
Drivers involved in crashes will have their mobile phone seized as part of police crackdown aimed at cutting the number of deaths caused by calling and texting at the wheel.
Officers will check all phones for evidence that motorists broke the law by allowing themselves to be distracted by their hand-held device.
New guidance issued by the Association of Chief Police Officers instructs officers to check the phones of all drivers.
This sets a dangerous precedent. Once people are accustomed to this policy, it will change to a broader sense where anyone being pulled over can have their phones checked.
A phone contains private information that will automatically become public once the information is confiscated by the police. What if the person is a doctor, lawyer, child welfare advocate, etc?
If the police suspect texting/talking while driving, a simple subpoena to the phone company would reveal this information. Prying into personal lives isn’t going to stop this behavior.