A Google Glass driver court decision in San Diego is setting a precedent for other Google Glass users. “Defense attorney William Concidine said the acquittal shows officers must establish that a Google Glass wearer was actually using the device -- in the same way someone accused of texting while driving must be shown to have actually violated the law,” reported San Diego’s 10News on Jan. 16, 2014.
In the first case of a Google Glass driver ever having received a ticket for driving while wearing a Google Glass, San Diego’s Commissioner John Blair came to the ruling that there was no evidence that 44-year-old Cecilia Abadie was actually using the Google Glass when she was stopped by the California Highway Patrol.
The citation for driving while wearing a Google Glass and the citation for speeding were both dismissed in court – due to lack of evidence.
According to a previous report, “on Oct. 29, 2013, Cecilia Abadie was driving north on Interstate 15 in northern San Diego County when she was stopped by a California Highway Patrol. The CHP officer wrote Cecilia Abadie a ticket for allegedly driving 80 mph in a 65-mph zone and for wearing a Google Glass. The CHP officer issued the ticket as a violation of Vehicle Code 27602 which states that it is a violation to drive a vehicle ‘if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen’ is visible.”
After having received her ticket for driving while wearing a Google Glass, Cecilia Abadie was trying to find out how other Google Glass users handled a similar situation. Instead of finding an answer to her question, Cecilia Abadie discovered that her citation was the first-ever ticket issued to a Google Glass user. Being only one of about 10,000 chosen Google Glass users through The Glass Explorer Program, Cecilia Abadie’s citation did turn out to be the first ticket anyone had heard of.
Even though Thursday’s Google Glass driver court decision turned out in favor for Cecilia Abadie, legal experts advise that this is just the beginning of what is expected to be a number of court cases in regard to driving while wearing Google Glasses. “Legislators in at least three states - Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia - have introduced bills that would ban driving with Google Glass.”