Driver Beware!

Apple Watch user fined $120 for skipping songs while driving

The Apple Watch just got more expensive for one man in Quebec. Jeffrey Macesin of Pincourt tells CTV News that he was pulled over by police for using the Watch while driving; he received a $120 fine and four points on his license. Macesin says his phone was in his bag, connected to the stereo with a cable, and he thinks police saw him skipping a song while his hand was on the steering wheel.

Macesin says the ticket was filed under section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code, which reads: “No person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a handheld device that includes a telephone function.” The Apple Watch is not a telephone itself; it relies on a paired iPhone for functionality, like a Bluetooth headset. But it does have a phone app and the ability to both make and receive calls through its microphone and speaker when connected to the iPhone.

Reports The Verge


NSW Law States

Mobile phone laws

While your vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), drivers may only use a mobile phone to make or receive a call or use the audio playing function if:

  • the mobile phone is secured in a fixed mounting; or
  • the mobile phone does not require you to touch or manipulate the phone in any way.

All other functions including texting, video messaging, online chatting, reading preview messages and emailing are prohibited.

While your vehicle is moving or stationary (but not parked), drivers must not hold a mobile phone in their hands other than to pass the phone to a passenger.

A mobile phone’s GPS (or other driver’s aid) function may only be used if:

  • the phone is secured in a commercially designed and manufactured fixed mounting, and
  • the mounting is fixed in a location that will not distract or obscure your view in any way, and
  • the use of the driver’s aid does not distract you from driving or from being in proper control of your vehicle.

How do mobile phone laws apply to learner and P1 drivers and riders?

Learner drivers plus P1 drivers and riders are not permitted to use a mobile phone at all while driving or riding.

These laws encourage learner and P1 drivers and provisional riders to concentrate on developing their vehicle control and hazard-perception skills. Mobile phone use can distract novice drivers and riders from the driving task.

Studies have found that using a mobile phone while driving is dangerous. It slows reaction times and interferes with a driver’s perception skills, increasing the chance of having a crash.

reports Aussie Mac Zone

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