What's new

Canadian Man Fined for Using Apple Watch When Driving

Maura

iPhoneForums.Net News Team
Staff member
Joined
Jun 18, 2010
Messages
4,891
Reaction score
1,048
Canadian man fined for using Apple Watch when driving.JPG

Before the Apple Watch launched there was much speculation as to how much of a distraction it would be when driving, and also how using an Apple Watch behind the wheel would be viewed by the authorities in those countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom where using mobile devices when driving is banned.

Well now we have the answer, with Phone Arena reporting that a driving in Quebec, Canada, has been fined $120 with four points on his license for using his Apple Watch when driving.

Jeffrey Macesin (pictured) told CTV News that when he was stopped by the Quebec police he was using the Apple Watch to scroll through songs, with his iPhone safely (or so he thought) stowed away in his bag. The police officers found him in breach of section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code, which bans use of “a handheld device that includes a telephone function.”

Macesin feels that the Apple Watch is not a hand-held device, and is therefore contesting his fine, saying that it is in fact a Bluetooth device, use of which is permitted when driving in Quebec.

Source: Canadian driver fined 120 for using Apple Watch behind the wheel
 

scifan57

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Sep 24, 2012
Messages
28,311
Reaction score
29,352
Location
Regina, Canada
While he could successfully argue that the Apple Watch is not a handheld device, he was looking at the watch screen, not the road, when he was changing the songs on his phone. It's that distraction that's the danger here.
 

Pinkpoison

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 4, 2011
Messages
14,653
Reaction score
6,627
Here in the UK it is illegal to use your phone while driving but every single day you see someone doing that very thing and unbelievably we saw someone resting a tablet against the steering wheel while driving, The fines just aren't stiff enough.
 

J. A.

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 26, 2014
Messages
21,789
Reaction score
31,750
Location
Apetlon, Austria
Here in the UK it is illegal to use your phone while driving but every single day you see someone doing that very thing and unbelievably we saw someone resting a tablet against the steering wheel while driving, The fines just aren't stiff enough.
It's not allowed in Austria too. Some people just don't understand that it's dangerous because of the distraction.
 

Pinkpoison

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 4, 2011
Messages
14,653
Reaction score
6,627
It's not allowed in Austria too. Some people just don't understand that it's dangerous because of the distraction.
It's bad enough that they talk on the phone but to text while driving is the height of stupidity but they do it.
 

scifan57

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Sep 24, 2012
Messages
28,311
Reaction score
29,352
Location
Regina, Canada
This guy was even more distracted than someone who talks on the phone. Not only were his eyes on the Apple Watch, not on the road but his attention was involved in deciding which dong to play next, not on analyzing the road ahead. If this guy gets the ticket dismissed, I'd call it a miscarriage of justice and a green light for others to do the same.
 

rasmith1959

Active Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2014
Messages
394
Reaction score
142
Location
Guthrie, OK
When I was an over the road truck driver, I'd see people doing all kinds of stuff while driving. Like reading a book or newspaper, putting on makeup, even changing clothes!




Sent from my iPad Air using Tapatalk
 

Pinkpoison

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Oct 4, 2011
Messages
14,653
Reaction score
6,627
When I was an over the road truck driver, I'd see people doing all kinds of stuff while driving. Like reading a book or newspaper, putting on makeup, even changing clothes!




Sent from my iPad Air using Tapatalk
I saw a woman putting on her makeup once, I saw another doing her hair......Crazy irresponsible people.
 

scifan57

Administrator
Staff member
Joined
Sep 24, 2012
Messages
28,311
Reaction score
29,352
Location
Regina, Canada
If anything can possibly distract a driver, he'll find it and be distracted. Multitasking while driving is NOT a good idea.
 
OP
Maura

Maura

iPhoneForums.Net News Team
Staff member
Joined
Jun 18, 2010
Messages
4,891
Reaction score
1,048
Here in the UK it is illegal to use your phone while driving but every single day you see someone doing that very thing and unbelievably we saw someone resting a tablet against the steering wheel while driving, The fines just aren't stiff enough.
Absolutely! I was about to cross at a zebra crossing a while back and a driver drove right across without stopping while clearly texting on his phone!
 

Most reactions

Latest posts

Top