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Lawmakers ready to put ban on wearing Google Glass while driving

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A dive bar in Seattle isn’t alone in its quest to put a pre-emptive ban on Google Glass, even before the wearable Google computer is released to the general public.

Lawmakers in West Virginia have introduced a bill that would ban users from wearing Google Glass while driving.

In an email to tech site CNet, Republican Gary G. Howell 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.”

He went on to say that he didn’t know whether his bill would get the support needed to pass.

While Google has yet to comment on the safety of driving while wearing Google Glass, the promotional video released upon Google Glass’ announcement shows users wearing the device while engaging in activities that would require a lot of concentration, including swinging on the trapeze, flying an airplane and riding a bike through busy traffic.

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