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California woman draws ticket for speeding, use of Google Glass

updated 10:05 pm EDT, Wed October 30, 2013

Cecelia Abadie pulled over for speeding, additional charge of display use

In what is possibly the first ticket issued at least in part for the usage of Google Glass while driving, San Francisco resident Cecilia Abadie was cited both for speeding, with an additional charge applied by the citing officer because she was using Google Glass while driving, and in doing so, violating a law prohibiting display use by the driver.

Abadie posted the ticket in its entirety on Google+, seeking legal advice on the ticket. Examination of the poorly-imaged ticket shows not only the "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)" citation, but also the fact that she was traveling 85 miles per hour in a 65 miles per hour zone.

The original intent of the law as framed by California code is to prevent drivers from watching television or video. The law prohibits televisions and other monitors from being turned on and facing the driver, with exceptions for GPS, mapping tools, and driver camera feeds for navigation and safety. Abadie was wearing the device when pulled over for the previously mentioned speeding citation, but claims that it wasn't active at the time.

Google hasn't directly addressed the issue, but did say that "as we make clear in our help center, Explorers should always use Glass responsibly and put their safety and the safety of others first. More broadly, Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it."

The core citation around wearing Google Glass while driving has a minimum fine of $162. Abadie can go to court, if she wishes, to attempt to nullify the charge. State and Federal laws regarding portable computing use are in a very early stage, with many states preventing use of a handset while driving, but not preventing the use of "hands-free" technology. It is unclear where Google Glass is positioned with many of these laws.

by MacNN Staff



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