Is there any law that people pay less attention to than the distracted driving law?
And to make matters worse, when it comes to the rules about distracted driving, Apple has thrown a curve ball into them with the unveiling of their new smart watch, the Apple Watch.
Due out early next year, the Apple Watch features a touch screen and scrolling crown that allows people to read text messages, emails and even answer phone calls from their wrist.
Although there is no on-screen keyboard, you still can draw messages on the watch and use the “walkie talkie” feature to have a conversation with someone. This has the police saying the rules are unclear when it comes to using a smart watch while driving.
“The actual offense of distracted driving speaks specifically to holding a handheld device. Because it’s not necessarily being hand held, by definition it would probably be a tough thing to proceed on,” OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in an interview.
The province instituted a ban on using handheld devices while driving in 2009, including viewing display screens that aren’t related to driving.
Hands-free devices however, are still allowed as defined by the Ministry of Transportation as technology that is “not held during use” and which the driver is “not physically interacting with or manipulating.”
– Q New Media Editor / Chris Bundas –