W Virginia Lawmaker Proposes Google Glass Ban while Driving

A lawmaker from West Virginia has filed a bill that would prohibit the wearing of head-mounted displays like Google Glass while driving within state limits. The proposed law may sound funny at first, but it is built on logic and sensibility.

“I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-text-and-driving law,” Republican State Delegate Gary G. Howell tells CNET. “It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers.”

For Delegate Howell, Google Glass and similar devices that will be created in the future can be just as distracting and dangerous as using smartphones to call or text while driving.

“We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension,” he adds.

The bill is also a reminder to drivers that their own vehicles have way too many gadgets and monitors, from heads-up displays to infotainment systems. These are what drivers should focus on while driving, not checking their friend’s photos on Facebook.

If approved, Google Glass would be included among electronic devices that are currently banned from using while operating a motor vehicle within West Virginia. The first offense would result in a penalty of $100, while subsequent offenses would cost $200, $300, and so on.

While Mr. Howell remains unsure whether the bill will become law, he is sure other states will file similar bills.

Source: West Virginia Legislature, via TechCrunch

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