California Woman Cited for Wearing Google Glass While Driving, Beats Ticket
January 17, 2014 9:52 AM
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Google Glass ticket tossed due to lack of evidence
At times new technology not only creates a rush of similar products, but it can cause issues for the early adopters. Just look at the confusion among some businesses and even local authorities having to do with the Google Glass wearable computing device. One restaurant in Seattle has
already banned people
from wearing Google Glass devices inside and makes no apologies for doing so.
A woman in California was issued a traffic citation while driving and wearing her Google glass device back in October. The woman was initially pulled over for speeding and was then issued a ticket for using a “visual monitor” in her car while driving.
The highway patrol officer said that wearing Google Glass was a violation of state law, but the woman vowed to fight that ticket and took it to court. A San Diego court commissioner dismissed the ticker this Thursday after it was found that the officer had no proof that the device was operating at the time she was pulled over.
"There is no testimony it was operating or in use while Ms. Abadie was driving," the commission stated during the hearing.
Another reason for the dismissal is that an expert didn’t appear to testify that the device had been calibrated.
The officer who issued the ticket for speeding and for wearing Google Glass noted that he initially wasn’t going to cite the driver for wearing the glasses, however, he noted, "She got a little argumentative about whether or not it was legal for her to wear them."
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1/17/2014 10:36:14 AM
How is it an abuse of power when the only reason it was overturned was because of lack of proof it was operating at the time? If there was video from it at the time of the stop, then should would have been found in violation of the state law.
Have you seen what people look like using google glass? They almost have to go cross eyed to view the screen. That would certainly be a distraction to driving if you were using it at the same time.
1/17/2014 12:28:28 PM
Let's generalize this a little bit:
"I have no idea if you're doing something wrong or not, but I'm still going to send you to court for the day and/or ticket you for several hundred dollars."
That sound's like either abuse of power or bad training. On the other hand, this woman apparently had a bad attitude, and that's something that almost guarantees a ticket.
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