Google Glass Driver Gets Ticket From Police
Posted: October 31, 2013 by Emily Brown
A California woman named Cecilia Abadie has gone through a quite unexpected experience as she got cited for wearing Google Glass behind the wheel. While this may make Californian drivers think twice before wearing their high-tech specs while on the road, the question remains whether the violation is justified or not.
According to Cecilia, she was unjustly ticketed for wearing Google Glass by a police officer who pulled her over for speeding while she was rolling along a highway in the sunny West Coast state.
She stated that the actual law requires from drivers not to "drive a vehicle equipped with a video monitor, if the monitor is visible to the driver and displays anything other than vehicle information global mapping displays, external media player (MP3), or satellite radio information." Whereas the exact words written in the ticket read: "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)."
She went on to explain the whole situation in a G+ post (also attaching the ticket itself), where she posed the following question: "Is #GoogleGlass [illegal] while driving or is this cop wrong???" In the search of legal advice, she asked if anyone knew of similar tickets issued to Google Glass wearers elsewhere in the US.
The device is officially banned in the UK and the UK Department of Transport stated that wearers will be subjected to the same penalties as drivers who use mobile phones. Is Google Glass yet to face the same fate throughout the US?