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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: A Little Argumentative
By mgilbert on 1/17/2014 1:12:47 PM , Rating: 0
Not an overreaction at all. She had to take time off work, and spend several hours of her time to defend herself against a trumped up charge that was nothing more than an abusive retaliation. This kind of thing happens every day, and it costs drivers millions in lost work time and productivity. Traffic cops have become nothing more than arrogant, abusive tax collectors who care far more about bringing in revenue, boosting their overblown egos, and giving people a hard time than about improving safety. Once in a while, a motorist fights back and wins, or runs an abusive cop over, or shoots one - and I smile from ear to ear every time it happens.


RE: A Little Argumentative
By Rukkian on 1/17/2014 2:29:04 PM , Rating: 5
Really, you smile when a cop gets run over or shot? You have some serious anger/mental issues you may need to work on.

While there are some bad apples, not all cops are as bad as you portray. I personally know several, and they run the gamut just like the rest of the population. Some are a-holes, while others are quite nice.

While I don't know how the whole thing went down, it sounds like from the article that she was probably pretty argumentative, and possible hostile towards the cop. If you want to be an a-hole to somebody who has every right (really a duty) to give you a ticket, then you will probably get said ticket. If you go to court and are belligerent to the judge, you will probably get a harsher punishment. If you are an a-hole to your boss, you will probably end up without said boss.

In the end, it sounds like either she wanted her day in court, or just had a crappy attitude towards a fellow human being just doing his job.

If you have a problem with the laws on the road, do not take it out on the cops, take it out with the lawmakers. The cops are (usually) just doing their jobs.


RE: A Little Argumentative
By ianweck on 1/17/2014 3:22:10 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Once in a while, a motorist fights back and wins, or runs an abusive cop over, or shoots one - and I smile from ear to ear every time it happens.


What kind of @sshole are you? What's wrong, did a cop steal your girlfriend or something?
You'd probably not turn down help from the police when you needed it though, huh?


RE: A Little Argumentative
By Divide Overflow on 1/18/2014 2:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
You've got some serious authority issues to deal with.
When you read the law, it's easy to see how the charges against her could be quite valid. So it's no huge stretch or "abuse of power" that she was cited. As far as taking the time off to deal with court, that's part of life in a civilized society. You want a country with no rules, no laws and no police? Such anarchy wouldn't be able to support cars and traffic, let alone companies that could make google glass!


RE: A Little Argumentative
By silverstangs on 1/19/2014 12:08:54 PM , Rating: 2
You have some issues, and I hope you are seeking help.


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