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We all know the dangers of texting while driving, but what about Google Glass-ing while driving?

California resident Cecelia Abadie became one of the first people to be ticketed for wearing the glasses-mounted display, even though she says the device wasn't powered on.

"A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving! The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass). Is #GoogleGlass ilegal [sic] while driving or is this cop wrong??? Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California," Abadie wrote about the incident on her Google+ page.

Google Glass

According to California Vehicle Code 27602, "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." While Google Glass hasn't been the target of a police crackdown, distracted driving is a high priority for departments across America.

It is worth noting that, according to the ticket above, Abadie was traveling 80 miles per hour in a 65, which is reason for a citation, Google Glass or not.

Should drivers be allowed to wear Google Glass?
Sure, why not? 77 (9.6%)
Heck no! 653 (81.1%)
I'm not sure... 75 (9.3%)


UPDATE: The distracted driving charge has been dismissed, according to CNN. Authorities could not prove that the Google Glass device was turned on at the time of the incident.

[Source: Cecilia Abadie, Google+ via Engadget]


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      jrgordon47
      • 1 Year Ago
      Live and learn...Better her than me... But my latest new techno experience is hollering across the Valley to my wife...Is Dinner ready? I can easily understand her answer...NOPE!
      Jim
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anything that is distracting to a driver, shoulg not be visible to the drive no matter what it is..
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jim
        By your reasoning a gps and the display screens in modern cars should be illegal.
          ibeyour1
          • 1 Year Ago
          they should be. They are just as distracting as a TV if you are looking away from the road to look at a map
      wes-n-family
      • 1 Year Ago
      that should be ticketed for any distraction or impairments
      jbrian922
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good google glass shouldn't exist in the first place just another mass spying device!
      Sekinu2
      • 1 Year Ago
      SO this law makes all touchscreen factory radios illegal in Californis then. Thinks like Ford Synch or chevys version all have video screen in cars now. Wonder why they allow cars to be sold in the state then?
      • 1 Year Ago
      So, the quoted ordinance didn't specify whether or not if it means the driver is viewing or watching said items, or if it just means the driver has a visual device on their person. Essentially, the ordinance would also include cops.... the driver (cop or plain Joe) can't have on or about their person a visual display and/or device... SO, no computer screens in police cars, as that would be considered a "business application", and no personal AV devices on the uniform ,either, as that would be "any other means" of visual display.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How are GPS's and the display screens in some vehicles legal?
      ronald1216
      • 1 Year Ago
      he probably thought you were filming him before long all cops are going to wear them. they already using cell phones
      Gina
      • 1 Year Ago
      With all the idiots driving out there that are eating, drinking, puting on make up, reaching back to swat at their kids (Saw that yesterday) ugh ... Don't forget the hyper roid rage morons who dart in and out of traffic with no signals or the total jack asses that pull out in front of you when NOBODY is behind you and then drop anchor and drag their slow asses way below the limit. UGGGGGH! I think the last thing we need is another reason for people to be distracted while driving. We have enough dummies texting and on their cells as it is!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Heads Up Displays have been in the automotive industry for more than a few decvades now and they can actually keep drivers from having to lower their vision to look at gauges, the radio, HVAC controls and a whole host of other things that take your eyes off of the vehicles intended path. There are uses for this technology that would actually make driving with them on quite a bit safer for the people in the car and others around them.
      arenadood
      • 1 Year Ago
      Even while not having them turned on they are distracting just because of their design.
      realrambo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Officer anoyher idioit that willlearn speed limit is not 80 , by the way the Officer paced the driner which mean He follow Him , nrxt time watch the road and you will notice th Police behind you ., HOPE I'S A $500 TICKET
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