SoCal Driver Gets Pioneering Ticket For Wearing Google Glass

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Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM
click to enlarge CECILIA ABADIE / FACEBOOK
  • Cecilia Abadie / Facebook

A Southern California woman might be the first person ever to have received a traffic ticket for driving while under the influence of ... Google Glass?!

Yes. Google Glass enthusiast Cecilia Abadie says she was ticketed for using the internet-connected device even though, she claims, it wasn't active when she was driving:

The computer scientist posted her California Highway Patrol souvenir for the world to see on her Google+ page last night. The ticket says "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)."

Abadie was also cited for going 85 in a 65 miles per hour zone during yesterday's stop. "The speeding was justified as I was in a 65 mph zone and thought I was on a 75mph zone," she says in comments to her Google+ post.

click to enlarge CECILIA ABADIE / GOOGLE+
  • Cecilia Abadie / Google+

But she seemed a little perplexed at the Google Glass part of the ticket, which could be a first. "Is #GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong???," she asks.

California law says you can't drive while exposed to a monitor, with the exception of factory GPS (that has to be selected to GPS) and GPS-type devices of a certain size attached to the lower left hand corner of windshields.

The legality of Google Glass appears to be an untested area, and her case could be a first. If she was not actively using the monitor and it was simply a lens, Abadie might have a good case.

A CHP officer we talked to today told us:

That's a new one actually. I don't think the law covers it yet, to be honest with you.

Send feedback and tips to the author. Follow Dennis Romero on Twitter at @dennisjromero. Follow LA Weekly News on Twitter at @laweeklynews.

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