Woman Ticketed for Wearing Google Glass

By | November 04, 2013
Texting and driving has been a hot button issue for the past several years, as it distracts drivers and can be deadly to all involved in an accident, but that may soon be overshadowed by those wearing Google Glass. Last month Cecilia Adabie was pulled over while speeding in San Diego. She was originally cited for going 15 mph over the speed limit, but the officer also added another offense to the ticket-"driving w/ monitor visible to driver." Adabie was wearing the Google Glass when she was pulled over, but she claimed that it wasn't active while she was driving. According to California's Vehicle Code Section 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."
This law has been instituted to prevent the driver from being distracted and many in-dash displays disable while the vehicle is in motion, but many have found ways to bypass this restriction. Adabie posted to Google+ that the main issue of the Google Glass was that it was blocking her view. Although this is the first documented case of someone being ticketed for wearing Google Glass while driving, it certainly won't be the last. New laws are popping up, both locally and nationwide, to regulate the use of Google Glass while operating a vehicle. West Virginia and Arizona have proposed legislation earlier this year, and even the U.K. is considering banning the device while driving. These potential laws could propose a problem to certain automakers like Mercedes-Benz who are already working on ways to integrate the new technology into their vehicles. Source: Wired