Before the Apple Watch launched there was much speculation as to how much of a distraction it would be when driving, and also how using an Apple Watch behind the wheel would be viewed by the authorities in those countries such as Canada and the United Kingdom where using mobile devices when driving is banned.
Well now we have the answer, with Phone Arena reporting that a driving in Quebec, Canada, has been fined $120 with four points on his license for using his Apple Watch when driving.
Jeffrey Macesin (pictured) told CTV News that when he was stopped by the Quebec police he was using the Apple Watch to scroll through songs, with his iPhone safely (or so he thought) stowed away in his bag. The police officers found him in breach of section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code, which bans use of “a handheld device that includes a telephone function.”
Macesin feels that the Apple Watch is not a hand-held device, and is therefore contesting his fine, saying that it is in fact a Bluetooth device, use of which is permitted when driving in Quebec.