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29th May 2015

Apple Watch gets driver in trouble with police

Tom Victor

So, is a watch a handheld device or not?

A Canadian man was ordered to pay £63 after being caught by police skipping songs on his Apple Watch while behind the wheel.

Jeffrey Macesin, from Quebec, plans to appeal the decision. His reasoning? The watch is wrist-held, not hand-held.

TOKYO, JAPAN - APRIL 24:  The new Apple Watch is seen on display at a store on April 24, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. The Apple Watch launched globally today after months of publicity and pre-orders. However the smart watch was not sold from Apple stores but from a handful of upscale boutiques at select locations around the world in a bid to position the watch as a fashion accessory. Apple has been directing people to order online preventing the long lines usual seen with the launch of iPhones and iPads.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

According to Quebec’s Highway Safety Code, handheld devices with “a telephone function” cannot be used while driving.

Unsurprisingly, the regulations have not been updated yet to account for the new technology.

The Apple Watch will set you back upwards of £400, but that doesn’t include unexpected fines.

H/T Daily Telegraph