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It’s been reported that a Canadian man has been fined $120 for using his Apple Watch while driving.
The incident happened in Quebec and also landed the driver with four points on his record.
The driver, Jeffrey Macesin, was changing music on his Apple Watch while driving when he was caught by a provincial officer.
He was charged under the section of 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 plans to fight the charge on the notion that the Watch isn’t “hand-held”. Others have noted the lack of clarity in the traffic law when it comes to smart watches.
However, as 9to5Mac points out in its coverage of the story, the law elsewhere is a little more pointed. For example, in New York road rules state that drivers can’t use a “broadband personal communication device”, a “portable computing device”, or “any other electronic device when used to input, write, send, receive, or read text for present or future communication;” categories that the Apple Watch would clearly fall into.