New York legislation seeks to ban the use of Google Glass among drivers
Google is currently experiencing some significant opposition in several states to one of its most publicized and anticipated products: Google Glass. In fact, according to a recent report by Reuters, as many as eight states are considering possible laws that would ban, or otherwise regulate, the use of Google Glass while behind the wheel.
Indeed, new legislation has even been introduced in New York that seeks to amend the state's texting-while-driving ban to include Google Glass in the list of devices that drivers are prohibited from using while operating a motor vehicle. Specifically, the proposed bill would, if passed, ban the use of "wearable computer[s] with a head-mounted display" for drivers while their vehicles are in motion.
According to a New York Committee Report, the reason for the proposed Google Glass ban is simply to make roads safer by eliminating the additional risk of distracted driving accidents that Google Glass use may create. For instance, the report notes that ocular technology, such as Google Glass, can be hazardous if used by drivers as it may divert their attention away from the road. Importantly, the report concluded with the statement, "Prohibiting the usage of this technology will ensure safer commutes for all New Yorkers."The dangers of distracted driving
Sadly, distracted driving is a significant problem not only in New York but also throughout the nation. According to data released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 3,300 traffic fatalities related to distracted-driving accidents on U.S. roadways in 2012 alone.
However, lawmakers in several states are not simply sitting back and waiting for the problem to take care of itself. In fact, besides the recent Google Glass legislation, there have been multiple other New York bills introduced this year that seek to strengthen the state's distracted driving laws and penalties. For example, two bills have already been proposed that would increase the maximum fines levied upon those caught texting while driving, while another bill would create new fines of up to $400 dollars for drivers who text while in a school zone or work area.Legal assistance is available
Unfortunately, new technology often creates entire new sets of distractions - and new opportunities for drivers to negligently abuse technology while behind the wheel. If you or a loved one has been injured by a distracted driver who was using an electronic device at the time of the accident, it is typically best to seek the counsel of an experienced car accident attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can help investigate the cause of your accident and assist in ensuring your rights are protected throughout the entire process.