State Rep. William Straus sponsored the proposal, which passed the Legislature’s transportation committee, noting the potential dangers of “reckless driving.” The proposal specifically prohibits drivers from wearing, holding, or interacting with any “spatial computer” or augmented reality/mixed reality device while driving. Additionally, regardless of the viewing method, viewing non-driving related videos, images or text is prohibited.

Violators will face the same fines as texting while driving: $100 for a first offense, $250 for a second offense, and $500 for subsequent offenses.

Although some question the authenticity of the viral videos, Strauss argues that “people driving are already distracted too often” and that the technology poses a clear safety risk. He emphasizes the importance of “separating yourself” before this potential danger becomes widespread.

The proposal still must pass the House and Senate.

Source: Ferra

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