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Apple Watch 'could distract motorists at wheel'

The new Apple Watch Credit: PA Wire

Drivers could put themselves and others at risk by using the Apple Watch while behind the wheel, a road safety charity claims.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists said the watch, which will allow users to make and receive calls and check messages by operating the device on their wrists, could be a major cause of distraction that could impair driving performance.

"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," the IAM said.

IAM policy and research director Neil Greig warned that police have the power 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," he said.