An Apple Watch is on display during an Apple event on March 27, 2018, in Chicago.
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
A Canadian woman who says she was only checking the time, a police officer says that her mind was not fully on driving, and an Ontario court side of the cop.
The National Post reports Victoria Ambrose was found guilty of breaking a distracted-driving law, after a University of Guelph police officer whose car stop next to her at a red light in April, says he saw a “glow” in her car of an electronic device, according to his testimony in front of Justice of the Peace Lloyd Phillipps.
The cop added, he saw Ambrose gaze up and down about four times, and that she was slow to start moving when the light turned green.
(Gizmodo notes, unless the Apple Watch is “the Pulse Increase mode, the user must tap once to activate it to check the time, then tap it again to deactivate the function.) The agent says that he had to shine a light to her, and at that moment he pulled her over and ticket her.
The case came to Ontario’s anti-distracted-driving law, which prohibits driving “while holding or using a handheld wireless communication device.” Although Ambrose tried to argue the Apple Watch would not be considered as a handheld device, Phillipps said the watch was “no less a source of distraction than a mobile phone stuck to someone’s wrist’ and that the ‘obvious’, based on the cop’s testimony, that He was distracted.
Gizmodo points to several studies that lend credence to the decision of the court, research suggests not only hands-free devices in general are not safer than handheld devices while driving, but also that the smartwatch, in particular, slow down the reaction of the driver, time, and proved even more disturbing than a regular smartphone.
Ambrose was hit with a $400 fine for her checking the time. (An Apple Watch turned out to be a lifesaver for this Brooklyn man.)
This article originally appeared on Newser: Cop Pulled up to a Light. In the Car Next to Him, a ‘Glow’