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A scholar on the University of Guelph realized the laborious means that wearable tech counts as a distraction if you’re driving.

The scholar was charged beneath Ontario’s “distracted driving” legislation, the Highway Traffic Act, which was amended in 2009 to account for the rising use of cellphones whereas driving. It now contains the phrase, “while holding or using a handheld wireless communication device.”

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Victoria Ambrose claims she was merely checking the time, which required her to faucet the gadget to activate the show. She moreover argued that the watch wasn’t related to her smartphone, or to any exterior communication gadget.

Justice of the peace Lloyd Philipps delivered his judgement after a listening to on May 16. Ambrose submitted a press release claiming that she was solely checking the time on her gadget whereas she was pulled over on the University of Guelph campus on April 24, in response to Guelph Today.


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The officer reportedly seen the glow of the watch, and famous the lady trying up and down on the display screen. When the sunshine turned inexperienced, Ambrose didn’t start shifting via the intersection till the officer shined his cruiser mild into her automotive.

Philipps wouldn’t budge.

“Despite the Apple Watch being smaller than a cellular phone, on the evidence it is a communication device capable of receiving and transmitting electronic data,” Philipps acknowledged in his ruling.

“While attached to the defendant’s wrist it is no less a source of distraction than a cell phone taped to someone’s wrist. It requires the driver to change their body position and operate it by touch,” he continued.

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Ambrose and the prosecutor agree on the timeline and particulars of the incident, however disagree on whether or not a smartwatch counts as a handheld gadget.

“The evidence before me is that an Apple Watch is capable of receiving and transmitting electronic data. Ms. Ambrose testified that the watch was not connected to her phone, which was in the car with her at the time. It is abundantly clear from the evidence that Ms. Ambrose was distracted when the officer made his observations,” Phillipps acknowledged in his choice.

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