Woman Ticketed for Wearing Google Glass

Nov 20

Welcome to sunny San Diego, California: where the birds hum, the waves crash, and tickets are acquired (this last one can relate to any town or city, really).

Although we all know distracted driving is a major issue nationwide, we mostly know (or acknowledge) the basics: no texting and driving, no eating while driving, no doing your makeup, reading, etc. However, with new technology arising practically daily, there can sometimes be gray areas that can cause motorists to receive traffic violations they may or may not believe they deserve.

Take Cecilia Abadie, for example. Abadie was pulled over last month originally for a speeding ticket, but ended up obtaining a second citation for distracted driving because she was wearing her Google Glass.

Now, if you know a little bit about this new invention, you’ll know you wear Google Glass on your face, as you would glasses or sunglasses. This device is a way to keep you connected with the world—you are able to search the web, take photographs, and even watch television. Quite frankly, Google Glass has all a socialite will ever need! Because you can do all these activities and more, it’s also easy to see why wearing this device can be seen as distracted driving; you wouldn’t want a driver anywhere near you that is searching the web!

But Abadie and other Google Glass lovers disagree.

“Glass is far safer than any other means of information delivery. It is out of your view and not distracting,” stated Aaron Kasten.

Because Glass is able to give turn-by-turn directions and is not directly in front of your eyes, many don’t understand why this is considered distracted driving. Especially because in California, law V C 27602 prohibits televisions and other similar devices, but allows exceptions for GPS systems and other mapping tools, as well as display cameras that help drivers, such as a rear-view camera. To some motorists out there, Glass would fall under the category of a mapping tool.

Cecilia Abadie herself stated, “I got very shocked. I never heard that it was illegal in California before,” in an interview.

Although Abadie could take her case to court and at least have her citation for distracted driving removed, there has yet to be word on if she will.

“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.” -Google Spokesperson

(Photo Courtesy of Google Glass.)

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