Today in the People’s Court: Woman ticketed for driving while wearing Glass

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.




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  • Nathan

    Can you actually watch a video in google glass?

  • rioryanjr

    the should put her in jail and throw away the keys! Another dangerous techno
    garbage making the road unsafe for everybody!

  • granmar

    This so-called ‘Officer-of-the-law,” was being extremely OVER ZEALOUS absolutely could not prove the driver was using her GLASS, needs a slap across the face, physically! Any LCD wristwatch or clock is a monitor! Any navigator device has a monitor! Grow up California! Start being realistic! And you police… stop being stupid!

    • DelcoResident05

      Wow so insightful with your comment. You do realize those monitors you’re speaking about aren’t in front of your eye right? Use some common sense here, if you had a pair of glasses that could project pretty much anything on them I’d speculate it’d be illegal to drive with them on your face. There is no need to pull your pitchfork out and call for violence against an officer of the law for doing his job and trying to keep the roads safe. I bet if you were involved in an accident that was not your fault and the other driver (the one at fault) got out of their vehicle wearing google glass, the glasses would be the first thing you notice and presumably one would try and pin said accident on the glasses. Put some thought into things before you just start typing with no end in sight.

      • cat007

        You are a jerk.