Driver fined for using Apple Watch while driving

Smartwatches were designed to actually pry us away from our smartphones by only bringing to our attention very critical notifications, and even then only for a short while. At least that’s the theory. And that theory will be one that still needs to be tested by the law, which has grown rather indecisive when it came to the latest breed of smart devices in the market. That is something that a driver from Pincourt, Quebec found out the hard way when he was fined with a $120 ticket for driving with an Apple Watch.

The incident looked straightforward enough. The driver, a certain Jeffrey Macesin, was asked to pull over by the Surete du Quebec, the province’s police. Macesin was puzzled since he was not aware he was breaking any law. The cop, however, begs to differ. He cited Section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code which prohibits the use of any handheld device with telephony functions. Macesin’s iPhone was actually inside a bag, charging, while connected to the car’s radio.

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