Apple’s new smartwatch has come under fire from motoring groups, with concerns it could lead distracted drivers to cause accidents. The Institute of Advanced Motorists’ Head of Policy, Neil Greig, commented, “An iWatch has the potential to be just as distracting as any other smartphone device. Indeed more so if you have to take your hand off the wheel and your eyes off the road to interact with it.”
The new smartwatch by Apple has a screen measuring 38mm x 42mm and has sparked calls for changes in enforcement when it comes to using smart devices at the wheel. Mr Greig doesn’t believe that a change in the law is necessary, but he says, “There are not enough officers and people need to be aware. People don’t think they are going to get caught.”
It is currently illegal to use a mobile phone whilst driving – for texting, talking or browsing the internet. But with the release of new smart devices such as the iWatch, police officers will need to be more vigilant about distracted drivers using devices whilst driving. Being distracted for even a few seconds could lead to a serious accident.
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