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    Warning - For Affected Canadian Drivers and iWatch (and iDevice) wearers and users
    'A cellphone taped to someone's wrist:' Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving


    http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/...racted-driving

    A driver looking at an Apple Watch while stopped at a traffic light is still guilty of breaking Ontario’s distracted driving law, despite the trendy device’s new technology and her claim she was only checking the time.

    Even with its miniaturization and trendy technology, an Apple Watch is no safer “than a cellphone taped to someone’s wrist,” said a justice of the peace, while convicting a Guelph woman this month of holding or using a hand-held wireless communication device while driving.


    NOTE: A lot of other Canadian cities have similar laws.

    PS: I'll be sure not to press the INDIGLO button on my Timex watch while driving at night!!! I might get fined for distracted driving eh!!





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    That's just absolutely ridiculous. I fully support giving someone a traffic violation for distracted driving - but looking down at one's watch whether it be an AW or a Rolex surely can't be considered distracted driving? What about when you glance in your side view mirrors for approaching traffic, is that considered distracted?

    Where is the Canadian ACLU on this one?

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    That's just absolutely ridiculous

    Where is the Canadian ACLU on this one?

    Yup, and I couldn't find a "Too stupid to Actually be True" forum to post it.

    But one does have to wonder why she kept looking down at her iWatch. And that of course is a lot more dangerous than checking ones side or rear view mirrors as you say eh???

    Or PS: What about glancing at one's built-in Nav system, but that's how they interpret the laws I guess.

    Anyway, still a warning for fellow Canadian drivers who happen to read this, or any US drivers who may be driving in Canada and have and use an iDevice while driving. Not a good idea!!!




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    I posted somewhere else that I can't drive either of my cars in Canada because the law includes banning the use of ANY graphic display and my cars only have digital graphic displays for instruments. It's a stupid law, stupidly written and way too wide in including just about any "screen" of any kind in any use in any vehicle. So Canada is now off my list of places to visit.
    Jake

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    I can't drive either of my cars in Canada because the law includes banning the use of ANY graphic display and my cars only have digital graphic displays for instruments.

    I've wondered about that and I guess I'm offending the law when the engine warning light comes on and they can never find a valid reason.

    Some of the laws are stupidly written and too many police officers are even stupider in the way they enforce them.

    Heck an RCMP officer in Manitoba last month charged a fellow for obstructing his license plate with his professionally installed Thule bike rack, without any bikes yet.

    Hard to give them much respect in such cases.




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    And what's really galling about the particular incident is that the distraction did not in any way add to any danger. The cop was just ticked off that she didn't move, so he wrote a ticket. Would he have done that if she just sat there because she wanted to sit there? I suspect he just wanted to turn on his lights to get through the signal when she didn't move soon enough, then had to justify the lights by writing a ticket. And she ended up with a $400 fine because of a disgruntled campus cop.
    Jake

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