“Glassing and driving” ban unlikely to appear after all

by: Robert TriggsMarch 28, 2013

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Earlier in the week we reported on the West Virginia lawmaker seeking to ban the use of Google Glass whilst driving. The proposed law was supposedly aimed at preventing “the young”, “vulnerable and under skilled drivers” from causing collisions, as we’re clearly all too easily distracted by technological trinkets to focus on the road.

Whilst comparing the likely distraction caused by Google Glass with texting is a fair enough point, I personally think that proposing legislation on a product which hasn’t even been released yet, let alone tested, seems like making a rule just for the sake of it. It strikes me as a totally premature decision conjured up by a politician looking for 15 minutes in the spotlight.

But that’s enough cynicism from me, as I’m more than happy to report that it looks like this latest piece of hysterical legislation is off the table, at least for the time being.

The House Committee failed to discuss any details of the bill when it convened yesterday, meaning that the issue won’t be raised for at least another year, barring a special committee meeting between now and Monday. However Gary G Howell, the Congressman behind the bill, told CNET that the general feeling among lawmakers is that they “are going to have to look at the impact Google Glass, and similar, will have”, so we can be sure that this issue will crop up again at some point in the future.

Even though this story has been laid to rest for now, I’m sure that this is just the first of many legal cases involving Google Glass across the US, and the rest of the world, which will show up the coming months and years.

  • Holmes108

    We need to stop wasting time and money making specific bans on individual devices to begin with (including cell phones). There are already laws on the books for careless/reckless driving. It should be irrelevant what causes the carelessness, be it a cell phone, putting makeup on, reading, shaving etc… (Yes, I’ve seen all of those happen).

    If you’re not in control of your vehicle, or are just driving like an A-Hole in general, you get a ticket/charged period… why do we need to spend countless hours and dollars writing a myriad of laws to cover every conceivable situation?

    • V-Phuc

      First because cell phones were not so prevalent 20 years ago, and so was texting while driving. Second, because we as humans are just TOO smart to understand that we should do nothing else than focus on the road and traffic while driving! (Sarcasm!). Finally if it’s not a law then a good lawyer will find a loophole to counteract the fine, etc. Yes, an universal ban on all electronic devices applied to the driver would be good IMHO!

  • V-Phuc

    @ Robert, “It strikes me as a totally premature decision”. Really? So you want to wait to have nearly everyone buying it, using it while driving, having the # of accidents explode exponentially THEN make a law?!!! Somewhere, a survery just indicated that more than half of the US drivers texted WHILE driving! How intelligent is that? How smart are we to put technology to good use (WHILE DRIVING as if driving is not difficult enough as it is!). I’m all for techn advances, but please at the expense of losing my life because some guy rams his car in mine while googling his resto address on his Glass! Is your life worth more than his resto address?

    • V-Phuc

      Correction: “NOT at the expense of losing my life”