No Google Glasses? What West Virginia and a Seattle dive bar have in common

googleglassesThe 5 Point made a stir earlier this month when the Seattle dive bar declared that patrons would not be permitted to wear Google Glass, the yet-to-be released high-tech eye glasses that allow wearers to record activities and send text messages on the go.

Now, West Virginia is considering a ban of its own kind of the futuristic decices. Legislators in the state are considering banning the use of Google Glasses while drivers are behind the wheel. The politician leading the charge, a self-described Libertarian by the name of Gary Howell, notes that the text messaging and Internet connectivity built into the glasses could disrupt driving.

“Government has no business protecting us from ourselves, but it does have a duty to make sure I don’t injure or kill someone else,” Howell told CNET.

You can read the full bill here, which notes an “offense of operating a motor vehicle using a wearable computer with a head-mounted display.”

But here’s our question of the day: What’s more dangerous? Wearing Google Glasses at the Five Point or behind the wheel of a car in West Virginia?

Meanwhile, here’s what some Five Point patrons told us about the ban earlier this month:

  • bkwparadox42

    WV roads are full of hairpin turns and frequent, unexpected changes in grade. They can be a lot more dangerous than roads in most other areas of the country, even in good conditions; you don’t need any distractions while you’re driving there, esp. at night or in bad weather.

    Driving there seems less risky than setting foot in the Five Point bar, though.

    • Evan

      I’m from West Virginia and, yes, the roads can be windy. After all, we have a few mountains.

      Are you saying that if you’re driving in Nebraska you should be allowed to use Google Glasses? What about the roads that are straight and flat in WV?