A California driver wearing Google Glass just got a ticket today, according to an Oct 31 report in CNN. In what is the first traffic ticket of its kind, the woman was first stopped by a police officer for speeding ten miles over the legal limit in the San Diego area. The officer than gave Cecilia Abadie a second ticket for wearing Google Glass.
The officer noted on the second citation “driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)”. According to Glass Almanac drivers wearing Google Glass in California violate California Vehicle Code Section 27602 which states:
“A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver’s seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle.”
Google Glass has a small display above the right eye allowing the wearer to read messages, record video and take photos.
This law is meant to protect drivers from being distracted. There are however exceptions to the law for GPS and mapping tools which help a driver navigate. Since Google Glass can provide turn-by-turn directions, this is probably an argument she can make if she chooses to go to court. Abidie claims though her Google Glass was on powered off at the time.
While traffic laws vary among the states, most states have traffic laws meant to limit driver distraction. A fact that Google Glass FAQ points out:
"Most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites. Read up and follow the law!"
Cecilia Abadie was so upset for being ticketed for wearing her Google Glass while driving, she uploaded an image of the ticket on the Google+ website.
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