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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RE: its glasses
1/17/2014 12:11:07 PM
Digital dashboards are not the issue here. The issue is a device that places distracting visual images directly in your field of view that can distract your attention away from driving.
We already have problems with texting while driving (including deaths). In no way is this a hands free device or to be considered such.
RE: its glasses
1/17/2014 12:33:11 PM
This argument means a powered off cell phone is also a ticket-able offense. "I see you've got a cell phone in your car. Can you prove you weren't looking at it?"
You can get a ticket for texting while driving IF the officer sees you texting (or at least messing with your phone). She got ticketed for a "might have been" - not something she did.
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