Man ticketed for using Apple Watch while driving
The debate on distracted driving rages on.
A new debate in the war on distracted driving could be brewing as a driver in Quebec, Canada, has been cited for using his Apple Watch while driving.
Jeffrey Macesin was driving down a stretch of highway near Pincourt, Quebec, when he decided to change songs via his Apple Watch. A provincial officer noticed Macesin fiddling with his wrist-mounted computer and pulled him over.
Macesin was hit with a $120 fine for violating the Quebec Highway Safety Code, which states "no person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a hand-held device that includes a telephone function.”
Macesin is fighting the ticket on the basis that the Apple Watch isn't a "hand-held” device.
"It's on my wrist,” he told CTV News. "That's where it gets really controversial.”
Traffic lawyer Avi Levy agrees that the law isn't crystal clear. "I'm not convinced that the Apple Watch itself is a phone,” he said. "It's rather a Bluetooth device that communicates the telephone signal from the phone and it has been established under the law that you are allowed to use Bluetooth devices.”
Although we haven't come across a documented case of a driver being pulled over in the United States for using an Apple Watch, a woman in California was pulled over in 2013 for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was cited for "driving with monitor visible to driver.”
With wearable devices like Apple Watch and Google Glass only increasing in popularity, these kind of case could become more commonplace in the future.