West Virginia Lawmaker Draws Bill to Ban Google Glass While Driving

March 26, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Drinking and driving would get you into trouble irrespective of the state you are in. But if you are in West Virginia, then trouble would court you if you drive wearing Google Glass.

You heard it right. A bill has been formed in the state that would ban the use of a wearable computer with a head mounted display.

Gary G. Howell, a West Virginia lawmaker and a Republican who sits on the West Virginia Legislature, is heading up the charge for the law that bans Google’s new invention. According to Howell, the use of Google Glass by drivers is akin to texting while driving.


The fine that would be imposed on perpetrators of this crime would be a $100 for the first time, and an increase of $100 for each time you are caught after that. So, if you woo the law through  Google Glass, which costs $1,500, it would certainly burn a hole in your wallet.

Howell is quick to point out that he is not against the gadget, and that he believes it is an integral technology that would be a frame in the future. But he says that using it while on the road would be dangerous, especially in case of teens behind the wheel.

The lawmaker points out that texting and driving has a dangerous side and Google Glass is an ‘extension’ of that. He is hopeful of his bill becoming the law, and in case his bill is rejected, he hopes that other legislatures might take it up.

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