Well it was bound to happen: A Southern California woman has become the first person (that we know of) to get a ticket for driving while wearing her Google Glass.
Cecelia Abadie, a Glass enthusiast who frequently posts about her experiences on her Google+ account, shared a scanned copy of the ticket last night and added:
A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!
The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass).
Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong???
Any legal advice is appreciated!!
The post was first reported by the blog Glass Almanac, which notes that the ticket raises some interesting legal issues. California law apparently prohibits driving with a TV monitor visible to the driver (it’s ok in the back seat for the kids), but the blog notes that there are exceptions for driving with a mapping or GPS display – which, one might argue, Glass could be.
Abadie said her Glass device was not activated when she was driving, but she just likes to wear it a lot. She also says it wasn’t obstructing her view. She also acknowledges she was actually cited for two violations: speeding (the ticket says she was doing 80 in a 65 zone; Glass Almanac says Abadie admits going 10 miles over the limit) and driving with a visible monitor.
The post has drawn hundreds of comments pro and con, with many Glass enthusiasts offering support.
“Please please please, fight this in court. We need to get a ruling on this. I’m sure we can get a good collection together to pay for a proper attorney,” wrote Matt Abdou, another Glass wearer.
This could be an interesting case.