Will 'iWatch' be even worse for motorcycling than smart phones?

Motoring group says new gadget could be even more distracting to car drivers

UNLESS you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard that Apple has launched a new shiny thing.

It’s the Apple Watch, popularly dubbed the 'iWatch' (we still await the word that can’t be prefaced by an ‘i’ to instantly sound techy and desirable). And it connects to your iPhone because, well, doesn’t the world need more ways to check their Facebook status?

Why is this news for a motorcycle website? Because the Institute of Advanced Motorists has pointed out that people who have instant access to text messages and, of course, Facebook updates on their wrist might just be tempted to read them. Even if doing so means taking both hands off the steering wheel. And while the government says drivers who use an iWatch at the wheel will face the same penalties as those on phones - a £100 fine and three licence points or two years' jail if they kill someone - the IAM has also pointed out that it’s surely going to be significantly more difficult to police.

Neil Greig, IAM Director of Policy and Research said: 'An iWatch has the potential to be just as distracting as any other smartphone device. Indeed more so if you have to take your hand off the wheel and your eyes off the road to interact with it.

'Enforcement will be difficult for the police, but powers exist to seize and interrogate devices in the event of a serious crash. The very device that distracted you also has the power to convict you.'

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