Under the guise of "destruction of evidence" i.e., deleting the messages, an officer might be able to take and search an offending phone without permission or a warrant.
Regardless, most people won't stop until they drive into a tree or kill someone while using their phones.
If a corporation wants to pay cash to fix potholes in return for a relatively minor amount of advertising, so be it. A harmless gesture that will actually be atleast slightly beneficial to the community as a whole isn't such a bad thing.
Regardless, the fact that they're doing such a thing isn't generating as much advertising as the people complaining about it.
1984? Really? Please read the book before making such comments.
While it is unfortunate that the bicyclist died, the driver had supposedly made an attempt to pass and the rear bumper of his truck caught the bicyclist's backpack, so it is all just an accident.
I'm certain the driver feels horrible enough and criminal charges would solve nothing.