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This is why West Virginia Republicans are totally right to ban Google Glass while driving

A model demonstrates Google's new Project Glass technology.

Above: A model demonstrates Google's new Project Glass technology.

Image Credit: Google

By now, you’ve probably heard that West Virginia may ban Google Glass use while driving, and it might just be on to something given those snowy mountain roads.

The piece of legislation proposed by Gary Howell, a Republican from Mineral County in the West Virginia House of Delegates, would ban drivers from wearing Google Glass while on the road. He equates its multitasking features, such as text messaging and Internet connectivity, to using cellphones while driving — a practice that West Virginia and a number of other states have banned.

And yeah, as the video above demonstrates (and our own Jolie O’Dell attests to), West Virginia has some roads so scary that you probably don’t want blinking texts to distract you from.

Howell told CNET that he believes the government “has no business protecting us from ourselves,” though he does think it has a place making sure we don’t hurt others. Google Glass, he says, is just the right kind of distraction to get us in trouble.

The bill may very well not pass, however, and Howell says he’ll try again in 2014 if it fails. Then, he says, we’ll unfortunately have first-hand accounts of Google Glass causing accidents.

But while this may be a great piece of legislation for West Virginia, it might not be as pivotal for, say, Kansas:

hat tip Ars Technica; Google Glass image via Google


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