W.Va. Bill Bans Google Glass While Driving
Google Glass, Google's new Internet-connected glasses, aren't even on the market but they're already at the center of controversy.
West Virginia Delegate Gary Howell, R-Mineral, has introduced a bill that would make it illegal to drive while wearing Google Glass.
"When I started looking at it, this qualified as a hands-free device but defeated the very purpose of our state law," Howell said.
Google Glass is essentially a wearable computer. The glasses allow users to text, record video, take pictures and surf the web. A mini display screen in the top right corner allows them to view their search, text or images.
The glasses also have turn-by-turn navigation. That's a tool Google has said will keep more drivers safe on the roads because they won't have to use their hands, but Howell said he isn't convinced.
"They could be using GPS, which is not a bad idea for it. But if they're watching cat videos, reading text or even dictating a word document, we don't want people doing that while they're driving down the road."
The bill was introduced last week and has to make it out of committee by Monday in order to have a chance of becoming law. Howell said chances are slim that will happen, but he has a plan.
"I can reintroduce it following session, which will be January 2014, but we can also do an interim study. We might even have Google come in and demonstrate it for us and say here's why this is a good idea, or we agree with you and we're going to work on a block that maybe once the unit is going over five miles per hour, turns off everything but GPS," Howell said.
If the bill is passed during this session, the law would take effect July 1, 2013.
First-time offenders would be fined $100.
Gun Store Manager Notices High Demand for Ammunition
VERONA -- Gun manufacturers throughout the country are hiring more employees to keep up with high demand.
Bryan Hupman, the manager of Hawk Hill Customs, has struggled to keep ammunition on the shelves and any ammunition the store has sells out quickly. He said Pres. Barack Obama's proposed ban on assault rifles sparked that demand.
The high demand can be good news for business, but bad news for customers.
“It's good for us, and we of course love the business, but at the same time, it's hard for us, too. We can't get ammo and different types in firearms that we want in; we can't get them at this time. It's like a catch-22, good in one way and bad in another,” said Hupman.
He said managers of several other stores in the Valley have noticed a similar trend.
NJ Man Convicted on Drug Charges after Va Traffic Stop
HOPEWELL, Va. (AP) -- A New Jersey man has been convicted of driving 95 miles per hour on a Virginia highway with six unrestrained kids while high on heroin.
Isaiah Hall of East Orange, N.J., pleaded guilty in Hopewell Circuit Court this week to charges stemming from the traffic stop on Interstate 295 last spring.
The 57-year-old pleaded guilty to heroin possession and endangering the lives of his grandchildren. He was found guilty earlier of reckless driving, driving on a suspended license and other charges.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/10mHIY6) that Hall, his adult daughter and the grandchildren were returning to New Jersey after attending a funeral in North Carolina.
Hall is set to be sentenced May 22. Prosecutors say state sentencing guidelines will likely call for no more than a year in jail.