Many countries and states have things like using a mobile device although most of these laws don’t particularly cover the use of a smartwatch. This forms a sort of gray area in terms of legality of use while driving as there is no clear indication of the law. Remember the woman who received a ticket for using Google Glass while driving? While the charge was ultimately dismissed, it is a cause of concern for consumers that rely on wearables while in their vehicle.
Earlier this week, a Canadian man by the name of Jeffery Macesin was pulled over and issued a $120 citation for operating his Apple Watch while behind the wheel of a vehicle. Macesin said he was using the Apple Watch to control his iPhone’s music player with one hand firmly on the wheel when the Police signaled him to pull over.
The ticket informed Macesin was in violation of Section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code that states:
“No person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a hand-held device that includes a telephone function.”
This results in a unique gray area as an Apple Watch is mounted on the wrist at all times and not hand held during use so technically Macesin did not break the law according to the way it is officially presented. Macesin is in the appeal process for the fine and according to a local Montreal News station he is considering hiring a lawyer to ease his defense.