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Google Glass Glasses Receive CHP Traffic Ticket

Updated on October 31, 2013

It was bound to occur. Someone who is wearing the new Google glasses, which offer you Internet connections from faux eyeglass-like device. Yes, the device is cool and costly@ $1600. It does remind one of a Star Trek device using a HUD-like display to allow someone to do many things, like, video recording, Internet access in normal looking glasses.

So, when Cecilia Abadie, 44, drove from her home in Temecula to San Diego, wearing the Google Glass device, little did she know California law was being broken. The actual ticket was originally for speeding, but at the discretion of the CHP officer, who noticed that she was wearing them, he also cited her for violating Sec. 27602 of the Vehicle Code. While she was alongside of the road being written up, she used her glasses to post a message.

This code states, " Driving a motor vehicle if a television receiver, video monitor, or TV or video screen, or any other means of visually displaying a TV broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications that is visible to the driver while driving is a violation".

Google indicated that its Glass was not meant to visually impair a driver of a car. That is nuance because it distracts with its visual content, no different than if the car had a video screen on the dash that was showing a movie. From the CHP view, anything that distracts a driver from their eyes on the road is dangerous. Texting, as we know, can be deadly. Google Glass is more subtle but equally the same thing.

It is unclear if she will fight the ticket, after all, she was cited for speeding. If it does go to court, the judge will decide and I tend to think he would side with the CHP.

Distraction is just that.


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    • perrya profile image

      perrya 4 years ago

      Yes, it will be decided in the courts as more cases occur. I can hear both sides of the argument, but I must admit, texting is FAR more dangerous because your eyes do leave the road, with Glass, not really, and vision is not obstructed.

    • Paul Edmondson profile image

      Paul Edmondson 4 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      This is interesting. If you're wearing Google glass, you don't want to take them off when you're driving. It's just too inconvenient, but I suppose other places won't allow them as well.