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NJ's New EDR Legislation Signed

     New Jersey Governor Christie has signed a bipartisan bill which will restrict access to a vehicle’s Electronic Data Recorder, or EDR, data following a motor vehicle incident. The bill makes it clear that the data is the property of the vehicle’s owner and can only be obtained by a search warrant, in the case of law enforcement, and through a legally proper discovery request or court order, in a civil action. Emergency personnel will have access to EDR data following a crash, but only to help determine the need for or to facilitate emergency medical response. The bill uses “vehicle” and “motor vehicle” interchangeably but defines neither. Nor does it specify whether an owner that is a federally certificated motor carrier has the same protection.

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