Police Issue Traffic Ticket for Using Google Glass

by Burke Speaker | October 31, 2013 9:17 am

Police in California have issues what appears to be the first traffic ticket given to someone wearing Google Glass (GOOG[1]).

San Francisco resident Cecilia Abadie[2], a self-described “Google Glass pioneer” and “transhumanist,” discussed on Google Plus how she was given a ticket for wearing the interactive eyewear.

The citation: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass).

Abadie explains:

A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!

Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong???
Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the US?

While her cohort of followers tell her to fight the ticket, the citation likely falls into a murky area of the law right now (via CNN[3]).

The California law cited in Abadie’s case is meant to prevent people from watching television while driving. V C 27602[4] prohibits televisions and similar monitors from being turned on and facing the driver. There are exceptions for GPS and mapping tools and screens that display camera feeds to help the driver navigate. If a device has a safety feature that limits its display to approved uses while driving, it can be allowed.

Abadie posted that her Google Glass was in fact not turned on when she was pulled over, but the officer reported that the screen was blocking her view.

Though even if it was on, the Google Glass display is located above the right eye and not directly in front of the line of vision.

  1. GOOG: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=GOOG
  2. San Francisco resident Cecilia Abadie: https://plus.google.com/+CeciliaAbadie/posts/Kofr18UWLfc
  3. via CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/30/tech/mobile/google-glass-driving-ticket/
  4. V C 27602: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc27602.htm

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