SoCal Driver Gets Pioneering Ticket For Wearing Google Glass
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.
Cecilia Abadie / Google+
UCLA Bruins Men's Baseball v California Bears Baseball
TicketsSat., Mar. 25, 12:01am
Los Angeles Clippers v Utah JAzz - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSat., Mar. 25, 12:30pm
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Santa Cruz Warriors
TicketsSat., Mar. 25, 6:30pm
Los Angeles Clippers v Sacramento Kings - Verified Resale Tickets
TicketsSun., Mar. 26, 12:30pm
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.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter Our daily newsletter delivers quick clicks to keep you in the know
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Los Angeles, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.