The Surete du Quebec (SQ) handed a $120 fine and four demerit points to Jeffrey Macesin, from Pincourt, for using his Apple Watch while driving, even though he kept one hand on the steering wheel, CTV reports.
The police officer invoked Section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code that reads: "No person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a hand-held device that includes a telephone function."
Obviously, Macesin plans to appeal the fine since his Apple Watch was strapped to his wrist and therefore can't be considered a hand-held device.
This begs the question: Should anti-phone laws be amended to include connected watches like Apple's?
According to a May 15th article on the Protegez-Vous website, there are circumstances where it is legal to use a phone behind the wheel, like when the device is fixed to the windshield or dashboard, or when using it as a GPS. That being said, you still can't browse through the menus to check your playlist or send a text message, for example.
In the case of the Apple Watch, Protegez-Vous claims that a police offer can't pull you over if you make a call with your watch, unless you hold the latter in your hand. They can, however, if you appear to be more focused on your watch than the road.
Do you think Macesin's fine was justified? The upcoming court decision may very well set a precedent.