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Drivers warned over smartwatch use

Motorists are being warned about the potential risks associated with using the new Apple Watch and other smartwatches while driving.

The Apple Watch will allow users to make and receive calls and check messages by operating the device on their wrists.

But the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) says this could be a major cause of distraction that could significantly impair driving performance.

The IAM said: "Constant alerts will require motorists' regular attention. As opposed to using a legal hands-free piece of equipment, the (Apple) iWatch will require drivers to use two hands to operate the device - impacting speed, lane position and time spent looking at the road."

IAM policy and research director Neil Greig added: "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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