The California woman who was ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving has had her ticket dismissed. The Verge, which originally broke the story we reported on at the end of October, reports that Cecilia Abadie's case was dismissed because it couldn't be proven that the device was actually being used when she was pulled over for speeding by the California Highway Patrol. The speeding charge, 80 miles per hour in a 65-mph zone, was also dropped.

San Diego Court Commissioner John Blair dismissed the case, according to Reuters. The dismissal sets a strong precedent for Google, which has faced opposition in the legislatures of West Virginia, Delaware and New Jersey, as well as in the United Kingdom, over use of wearable tech while driving.


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      Andre Neves
      • 11 Months Ago
      Must every headline in an article have a pun these days?
      budwsr25
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think just having them on your head while behind the wheel of a vehicle should be illegal. Regardless if they are on or not. If someone is killed by someone wearing these Google better watch out.
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @budwsr25
        Are you on crack?
        jcar302
        • 11 Months Ago
        @budwsr25
        Agreed, why the hell would you need to be wearing google glasses while driving? Regardless of the outcome, she was an F'en idiot.
      rcavaretti
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ah, no. There is no strong precedent for Google here, especially in the long term if this plays out like I believe it will. In THIS CASE, the court decided there was reasonable doubt on whether the device was in operation during the time of the infraction, confirmation of operation could only come from direct admission (unlikely) or device inspection (hello subpoena). Like it or not, in the face of this uncertainty, the only viable option for law enforcement will become an outright ban on this and similar devices.
        Jarda
        • 11 Months Ago
        @rcavaretti
        Also people should not talk to each other while the vehicle is moving. Let's ban more then one person in a vehicle.
          Koenigsegg
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          yes that is actually a very distracting thing, i hate talking to someone while driving, cant concentrate, although i rarely do but when i do i dont enjoy it....
          MTTS
          • 11 Months Ago
          @Jarda
          Because that's the same thing. Great use of comparison where none exists.
      Narom
      • 11 Months Ago
      Why was the speeding ticket dismissed? If she's caught with a gun its bang to rights really.
      KORKIE
      • 11 Months Ago
      Another cop trying to pad the ticket to get more $ for the state, then the whole damn case is dismissed, should have just stayed with the speeding ticket, that would have stuck. Smartass, or in this case IGNORANT ASS lost everything.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 11 Months Ago
      If that is the case, ban heads up displays on car windshields. Ban music, navigation......what isn't a distraction? Let's see how many tickets are written when autonomous cars are on the road? I smell layoffs.
        Steven Manson
        • 11 Months Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        Music and HUD and miles different than playing Plants vs Zombies 3/Surfing the web while driving........
      bK
      • 11 Months Ago
      Google must be above the legal system. but I wish they fined that lady just for being a douchebag.
      Nick Allain
      • 11 Months Ago
      I hope this was all on the up and up and not done through pressure from Google. That said, I agree with the dismissal and I think it should go a step further. The device isnt really in your vision path, it's up and to the right. Seems like a much safer place to do something like GPS than down inside your center console.
        clquake
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Nick Allain
        The picture shows it clearly in the guy's peripheral vision.
      d
      • 11 Months Ago
      Dismiss the charge for the glasses but keep the speeding charge. The fact that happened shows there's more to the dismissal than what's being reported. Was the google glass preventing her from seeing her speedo? If so that's illegal and she should be cited for that. Hopefully karma will get the better of this situation and she'll drive off a cliff the next time she decides to check an email in her eyepiece.
      Gator
      • 11 Months Ago
      Cops ******* suck. Let's just throw **** at here and see what sticks. This was a waste tax payer money. I don't see how she was not guilty of 80 in a 65 is he had her at 80.
      Jeremy G
      • 11 Months Ago
      I think I will no longer be going anywhere near a street. I enjoy living thank you very much and do not want to be ran over by someone ******** who cannot be bother TO WATCH THE DAMN ROAD THEY ARE DRIVING THEIR DEATH TRAP MACHINES DOWN! America will NEVER learn, not with guns and not with motorized weapons.
        mobody
        • 11 Months Ago
        @Jeremy G
        Americas a little excessive in describing idiots ,unless it just happens to be the name of your old dog.
      chris
      • 11 Months Ago
      I like google glass, have a pair of my own. She should of gotten the ticket for speeding but not because of glass. I wish she got the ticket because she was actually speeding..... People who are complaining that it is distracting do not even understand what they are talking about. It is highly impractical watching a video or playing a game on it ( not really any games for glass out there ) If you want to take care of the problem drivers, how about people actually taking their eyes off the road looking at cellphones and doing makeup in the mirror.
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