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First Ticket Issued for Driving With Google Glass

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Posted on Oct 31, 2013
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Cecilia Abadie describes herself as a Google Glass pioneer on her Google+ account. With her new device she’s documented such diverse activities as performing her workout regime and receiving her American citizenship papers. She has even given a TedX talk about the Google specs at TEDxOrangeCoast. But using technologically advanced eyewear hasn’t been all fun and games. Tuesday, Abadie became the first person to receive a ticket for driving while wearing Glass. According to The Daily Dot:

Cecilia Abadie, a California woman, shared her story on Google+ Tuesday night, where she posted a photo of the recent speeding ticket she received in San Diego. In addition to going 10 miles over the speed limit, the officer also cited Abadie for violating a California law that forbids computer or television monitors from being on and visible to drivers while a car is in motion.

On the citation, the officer has clearly identified “Google Glass” as the offending device.

There are exceptions to the monitor law that Abadie is accused of violating. Obviously GPS and mapping displays are allowed, both of which are tasks Glass is capable of performing. Screens are also allowed to be in the front seat if they have an “interlock device” that disables them while driving, which Glass also possesses.

Abadie insist Glass was not on while she was driving, despite the officer’s claims that it was “blocking my view.”

Aware Abadie’s case would set a precedent for Glass users, her Google+ followers are encouraging her to contest the citation, but they haven’t agreed on the basis on which she should fight. Some say to claim the eyewear was being used as a GPS device, others say she should simply state that the fact that it was not activated should be enough of a reason to win the case in court.

—Posted by Natasha Hakimi

 

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