Bill AB200 to test Nevada drivers’ phones post-crash stirs concern

A proposed Nevada law that would let police electronically scan a driver’s mobile phone after a crash is pitting proponents of tougher distracted-driving penalties against privacy and constitutional rights watchdogs.

The measure presents the kind of public policy debate where opposing sides acknowledge a common need — in this case, putting muscle behind widely flouted distracted-driving prohibitions — but disagree on how it should be met. The bill sponsor said Wednesday that amendments were pending that could bridge that divide.