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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: Glass should be banned while driving!!!!!!
By ritualm on 1/17/2014 7:27:32 PM , Rating: 2
so because driving vehicles can never truly be safe we shouldn't have laws about it then? so drunk driving should be find, speeding should be fine, ignoring street lights should be perfectly ok... very smart idea.
Just because you can crash in perfectly clear skies doesn't mean there shouldn't be laws protecting people from vehicle injuries. also all studies show that in clear skies, or bad weather, driving while distracted greatly increases your chances of a crash.

Believe it or not, we had such a case several years ago. Dude was driving on a toll highway. Very little traffic, no curves, no adverse weather conditions in effect, driver wasn't distracted. He still managed to crash his car into a light pole at the median.

Why do you think banning Glass while driving will make us safer, BillyBaston? Talking to passengers in the car, listening to the radio, adjusting climate controls, drinking coffee from a tumbler, etc., all of these are distractions as well. Why are these activities not banned as well?

Look at this guy. Driving 60mph without his hands on the wheel...

... and yet he didn't crash.
another completely unintelligent comment

Your Nanny-state viewpoints are completely unintelligent. Next.
now you go crash into a wall and end your miserable pathetic life.

Wow, really? Is Wazza1234 your second login name?

RE: Glass should be banned while driving!!!!!!
By BillyBatson on 1/17/14, Rating: -1
By ritualm on 1/17/2014 8:08:13 PM , Rating: 2
You are just proving my point further

Nah, you didn't have a point.
if people can be unsafe drivers when not distracted imagine how bad they can be when they are distracted

Unsafe? Says who, you?

Your arguments have more holes than an Intel CPU socket, as vividly illustrated by the following:
Yes all of those things are also distractions

So why do you want Glass banned, but not every other activity that can also cause distractions?
but Glass is much more distracting as it requires you to take your vision and attention off of the road in order to use the visual navigation

Wrong. Some states have done much worse.
There are gray areas in the law because the law says your hands must always be on the wheel yet people let go in order to drink coffee or smoke a cig which I have never heard anyone getting ticket for, but I have heard of people putting on makeup and eating in the car and getting tickets.

In other words, the law has no teeth because it isn't being consistently enforced. How does this help in getting Glass banned? Oh right, it won't work. With the current design, you cannot even tell the driver is using it, as opposed to merely wearing it.

Therefore, your arguments amount to "we must ban Glass just because they can cause distractions!" Your argument is unfounded and without merit.
What are you rambling about!?!

You're not the one who keeps a level and calm head here. You told me to kill myself, just because I wholeheartedly disagreed with your points. Not a wise move by yours truly.

RE: Glass should be banned while driving!!!!!!
By Piiman on 1/18/2014 12:43:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yes all of those things are also distractions but Glass is much more distracting as it requires you to take your vision and attention off of the road in order to use the visual navigation."

Really? how do you know this? It would seem to me if you have GPS data in your eyes while looking straight ahead at the road would be even safer than having a stand alone GPS that you have to direct your eyes to to see??? IE that means taking your eyes off the road.
Now what proof or link do you have that GG is more distracting other than your imagination?

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