The Apple Watch got even more expensive for one Canadian driver this week after they were fined $120 for using the device behind the wheel. Jeffrey Macesin told CTV News that he was pulled over by police in Quebec for skipping tracks on his Watch while driving.
Macesin says his iPhone was in his bag, connected to his stereo via a cable. He believes police saw him skipping a song on his Watch while his hand was on the steering wheel, which is a violation of section 439.1 of the Quebec Highway Safety Code.
“No person may, while driving a road vehicle, use a handheld device that includes a telephone function,” it reads. The Watch has the ability to make and receive calls while connected to an iPhone, of course, but Macesin argues that it’s not technically a handheld device.
“You know, it’s on my wrist. That’s where it gets controversial. It’s like, ‘Is it? Is it not?’ but I think this needs to be talked about,” he said. Macesin is now contesting the $120 fine, and the four points that have been added to his license.
Lawyer Avi Levy, who specializes in fighting cases involving traffic violations, says the Apple Watch is more of a Bluetooth device than a phone, and that drivers are allowed to use Bluetooth devices behind the wheel in Quebec.[via The Verge]