Can You Get a Distracted Driving Ticket for Using an Apple Watch?

The 2015 release of the new Apple Watch has caused a stir on social media as buyers head out to purchase the newest Apple product. However, thanks to innovative technology, authorities are still not clear on whether using an Apple Watch while driving constitutes as distracted driving.

According to OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt, “It could be considered careless driving in Ontario, but right now the specific distracted driving legislation only speaks to the holding of a hand-held communication device.” Other provinces across Canada including Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan also have their own regulations, depending on smartwatch use and more.

British Columbia and Alberta have established that smartwatches cannot be used while driving as they are considered to be electronic communication devices.
This isn’t the first time that new technology has introduced the need for new driving rules and it likely won’t be the last. For more information on how some provinces are looking to tackle Apple Watch users while they are driving, check out this recent article from The Globe and Mail.

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