Beware if you are pulled over for a traffic violation police have the authority to search your cell phone and any other electronic device you may have in your vehicle.

Your text messages, call histories, browsing history, downloaded emails and photos. In a recent academic paper, South Texas Assistant Professor Adam Gershowitz explains that because many traffic violations are arrestable offenses, just as a cop could search your pockets for drugs, said cop can also search your pockets for a smartphone and go through all its contents.

Your best bet is not to keep these devices in sight if you see the flashing lights in your rear view mirror.

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