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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."

Source: Reuters



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RE: Translation
By mgilbert on 1/17/2014 12:47:44 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly!!! Traffic cops are almost always arrogant pricks with god complexes. The only reason they take the job is because they have anger and hatred issues, huge chips on their shoulders, and tiny pricks in their pants. Most need taking down a few notches.


RE: Translation
By ven1ger on 1/17/2014 1:44:35 PM , Rating: 3
It is really sad when people react as you do and label a group based upon a small incident. It creates and sets up such ignorance that many others fall prey to and sometimes echo.

Probably everyone here has some person they are related to or friends with in law enforcement. All law enforcement officers are just regular people, and there are bad officers but the majority are really decent people that are just doing their jobs and trying to enforce the law, and many times are handicapped because of the rules. I've known very good cops and I've known some cops who I'd have called friends but ended up in Federal lockup because of a scandal involving abusing of prisoners, which I don't condone.

Learn to understand what these cops have to do and put up with on a daily basis and you'll understand why many of them change, sometimes for the worst.


RE: Translation
By Reclaimer77 on 1/17/2014 4:32:27 PM , Rating: 2
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It is really sad when people react as you do and label a group based upon a small incident. It creates and sets up such ignorance that many others fall prey to and sometimes echo.


Sorry, statistics validate most of what he's saying.

Law enforcement officers are also, statistically, major spousal abusers. Domestic violence is two to FOUR times more likely in homes of law enforcement officers.

If this was a man he pulled over, I doubt he would have gotten a ticket for daring to stand up for his rights. But a woman, oh well, we can't have that.

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Learn to understand what these cops have to do and put up with on a daily basis and you'll understand why many of them change, sometimes for the worst.


That doesn't mean we have to condone it or respect it.

There is a growing police state mentality in this nation. And I'm not going to sit here and play it down because some of these guys have a tough job, boo freaking hoo.


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