West Virginia Lawmakers Seek To Ban Google Glass Usage When Driving


| March 25, 2013 - 5:35 pm

While it should be quite some time before humanity goes all Jetson and begin wearing Google Glass, a lawmaker from West Virginia is already proposing a ban.

Republican Gary G. Howell recently proposed a bill that prohibits “using a wearable computer with head mounted display” while operating a vehicle. The augmented reality spectacles have created quite a commotion since making its debut.

The proposed ban aligns with current U.S. laws that make it illegal to text or use a smartphone while driving without using a hands-free device. “I actually like the idea of the product and I believe it is the future, but last legislature we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law,” Howell told CNET.

If the legislation does get backed by the House and the Senate, using Google Glass would, of course, incur a hefty fine. For the first offense, you will be charged $100. Every offense after that would incur an accumulative $100 charge (i.e. 2nd offense = $200, 3rd offense = $300, and so on). Driving while wearing Google Glass would only be worth the cost if you were Miley Cyrus or Amanda Bynes, other than that it wouldn’t be worth the hassle.

Slated for a late 2013 launch, Google’s headset will come with features such as turn-by-turn directions, photo and video recording capabilities, and voice enabled search among others.

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