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    Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

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    "Victoria Ambrose was found guilty of breaking Ontario's distracted driving law."

    "In court, Ms Ambrose said she looked at the watch to find out the time.

    This claim was rejected by the judge who said smartwatches were a distraction as much as a "cellphone taped to someone's wrist".


    "Ms Ambrose also argued that because the watch was worn on her wrist it was subject to an exemption in the Ontario law which covers devices that are "securely mounted".

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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Well deserved. A citation for, at least, bad taste...
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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Oh boy... "I was just checking the time." Another article states there was a bit more to the story: "Victoria Ambrose was stopped at a red light on South Ring Road in Guelph in April when a University of Guelph police officer, beside her in his cruiser, noticed the glow of an electronic device. The officer testified he saw her looking up and down about four times, court heard. When the light turned green, two cars in front of Ambrose promptly moved forward but she remained stationary until the cop shone a light into her car and she began to drive, court heard."

    ?A cellphone taped to someone?s wrist:? Woman looking at Apple Watch found guilty of distracted driving | National Post

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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    It's possible to hate smartwatches and government overreach at the same time.

    The distracted driving problem is real, but the legal reactions to it are usually unhelpful at best. Looking at your watch/smartwatch is far less distracting than working the radio and that has been allowed everywhere for decades.
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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Given that my daughter wears an Apple Watch so she can sly a look at the texts from my grandkids while she is on the shop floor I don’t doubt that the Canadian lady could indeed have been reading a text as was claimed.
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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Smart watches are only as smart as the person wering them. In this case a not so smart watch.

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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Quote Originally Posted by OvrSteer View Post
    It's possible to hate smartwatches and government overreach at the same time.

    The distracted driving problem is real, but the legal reactions to it are usually unhelpful at best. Looking at your watch/smartwatch is far less distracting than working the radio and that has been allowed everywhere for decades.
    Yet, I've never seen anyone sitting through a green light adjusting the station on their radio.

    And to keep this somewhat on topic, here's a picture of a watch.
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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Dumb watch now?
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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    Quote Originally Posted by OvrSteer View Post
    It's possible to hate smartwatches and government overreach at the same time.

    The distracted driving problem is real, but the legal reactions to it are usually unhelpful at best. Looking at your watch/smartwatch is far less distracting than working the radio and that has been allowed everywhere for decades.
    Really? A smart watch shows a LOT more info (or more available info) than the dial of a radio. Unless you're going back to the 80s, most radios have been digital for decades with seek and scan buttons and I will bet 99% of the time the person working the radio is *listening* rather than looking and stops when a song comes on they like. Otherwise they're just moving from preset to preset. And all that I've just mentioned can now be done from the steering wheel on many (if not most) cars. I've personally experienced what happens when one is dicking around with a smartphone, and that was for the car to veer off toward either center lane or the shoulder. I learned very early how dangerous they are and won't check texts while driving, phone calls I can take and make while hooked up bluetooth. And not to put too fine a point on it but I've cut out a number of people involved in a crash that either admitted or were later found to have been, distracted. Most suffered only minor injuries, the flaming ones are harder to determine. And I've called 911 numerous times while driving, following a car that was either distracted or drunk (and texting/eyes off the road is very much like drunk driving with regard to attention and reaction times). So yeah, legal reactions are WELL deserved and helpful. To think otherwise is either naive or sovereign citizen nonsense.
    p.s. Cutting out a dead person, either from their own distraction or the result of another driver sucks. Do that a few times and then tell me how "...unhelpful..." legal reactions are. Dare ya
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    Re: Driver gets Ticket for checking Smart Watch at Traffic Light

    ^^^^. That.

    As a road cyclist, I'd love to see far more stringent penalties on people using cell phones when driving.

    It would be interesting to see reaction times of someone who is just over the legal limit for alcohol VS someome who is texting.

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