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“Glassing and driving” ban unlikely to appear after all

Yesterday West Virginia law makers failed to discuss the proposed ban on wearing Google Glasses whilst driving. But this probably isn't the last we'll hear about this type of legislation.
March 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.