Law makers in West Virginia wants to ban the wearing of head-mounted displays such as the Google glass while driving in their state. This is an extension of the law banning phone calls and text messaging while driving or simply using any electronic devices while driving.
According to Gary G. Howell, the host of the bill, in an interview from CNET he said “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. It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers. We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers. I see the Google Glass as an extension.“
Making phone calls or text messaging while driving is dangerous, Google might seem to be less effective, but it can still distract. New cars today are already loaded with gadgets that can be very distracting such as the screens, buttons, and unresponsive infotainment systems that seems to be eventually controlling the car.
If you are on the steering wheel, that is what you have to focus on. If you want to make a call, text, tweet or post an update on facebook, then pull over.
The law will include any head-mounted displays, it will be grouped in the electronic devices such as cellphones which are currently banned while driving. The fine for the first offense would be $100, followed with $200 for the second offense, $300 for the third time, and so on.