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California woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass

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California woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass
Despite some talk that wearing Google Glass while driving could enhance your abilities behind the wheel, in California it is still against the law. That is what Cecilia Abadie found out when she was ticketed for wearing the connected specs while driving. A law that bans the driver of a car from viewing a television monitor while behind the wheel is in play here, although the law does have some exceptions that are wide enough for Google Glass to, um, drive through. 

Any decent attorney should be able to point out that merely looking at your cellphone while driving is not illegal and unless Ms. Abadie told the officer that she was using Google Glass to surf a website or view a YouTube video, there is no proof that she was actually operating the device at the time. If he wasn't running a Cinnabon somewhere in Omaha, perhaps she should "call Saul".

"A person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications, is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver’s seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle."-V C Section 27602 Television

"A visual display used to enhance or supplement the driver’s view forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor vehicle for the purpose of maneuvering the vehicle."-Exception to law

In fairness to the officer that pulled her over, we should point out that Ms. Abadie was allegedly speeding, which is why she was pulled over in the first place.

Ticket issued for speeding, and wearing Google Glass

Ticket issued for speeding, and wearing Google Glass


source: +CeciliaAbadie via Phandroid

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posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:24 20

1. Sauce (unregistered)


Holy cow, someone should give that cop a ticket for his handwriting.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:27 2

2. chrislars (Posts: 77; Member since: 11 Apr 2013)


Your right, his handwriting is unlawful.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:52 6

3. GrapeEyes (Posts: 243; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


You think thats bad, visit your local hospital and check the doctors/surgeons handwriting.

94,000 Americans die a year due to errors in their prescription i.e. high dosage

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:11 1

7. Sauce (unregistered)


Bad, for sitting in a parked car for 20 minutes writing the dang thing lmao.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:55

4. Muzhhur (Posts: 240; Member since: 14 Sep 2012)


Google didnt think it???? how dissapointed! lol

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 10:57

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I call it B.S.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:05 1

6. _PHug_ (Posts: 380; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


I clicked on this because I thought it was Amy Farah Fowler.

Nothing to see here

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:16

8. ibap (Posts: 681; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


So after spending a bunch of money to get your prescription lenses into your Google Glass, you can't drive with it on, even if deactivated? Never mind.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:05

15. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


Which is pretty much BS considering that HUDs are in use with very little hindrance to vehicle operation and I don't think Google Glass is powerful enough to store or playback movies. I tested out HUDs on motorcycles and helmets and some aircraft. It really doesn't distract the user and you're less likely to look down at the instrument panels while in motion.

I wonder what prompted the cop to pull her over. If passing by in a car it would be hard to distinguish it right away. Despite that, California is full of stupid laws thanks to a nanny liberal government.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:38

17. Taters (Posts: 2579; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)


Maybe there is a new consensus right now but a year ago, academia from my attention and attention disorders class said that hubs are still more distracting than a clear windshield.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:26

9. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


So theoretically, if you can hook up the vehicles on-board-cameras to Google Glass, you can use them while driving.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:29

10. Reality_Check (Posts: 245; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Cecilia Abadie*

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:33

11. Stuntman (Posts: 707; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)


Does the ban on viewing television monitors while driving include the dashboard of the vehicle. Many modern vehicles use displays on the dash. The speedometer is pretty much like a television monitor these days, not to mention the many built-in GPS's in cars now.

Maybe it should be included in the ban. I was rear ended recently and the person who hit me claimed he was looking at the guages in his car and not paying attention. We should ban people from looking at the guages in their cars.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:57

18. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1546; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Ok, so when an officer asks you "Do you know how fast you were going?" You can say Nope, I can't look at my gauges...

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:42

12. PK1983 (Posts: 163; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Most Police Depts/State Troopers/Highway Patrol agencies are more an extension of the Franchise Tax Board than actual law enforcement agencies anymore. Look at how pathetic the LAPD acted when Chris Dorner was going after cops in his blue pick up truck. They were shooting at Hispanic women in grey pickups and practically pissing themselves when they encountered real resistance to them.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:07 1

16. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I wouldn't be surprised when stories like this happen in NYC or anywhere in California after having worked with them personally as a forensics specialist. Plus their laws are just too... nanny like (I live in NYC).

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 15:31

20. PK1983 (Posts: 163; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)


Agreed. Having a Tesla with a 12 inch computer in front of you is okay, or a BMW with a HUD a few feet in front of you is too, but a HUD an inch from you is "distracted driving". Can not wait to move to a state with common sense, and a budget surplus. (I live in CA).

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 18:25

21. JC557 (Posts: 820; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


I live in both San Diego and NYC due to work. SDPD isn't as bad as the others, especially compared to the northern cali departments and liberal nanny agendas. Still, the governor and senate are pathetic.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 23:40

23. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


Dude, the Tesla touchscreen is 17".

It's a monster of a touchscreen.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 11:50

13. improv (Posts: 95; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


Well she was caught for speeding before she was written up for Glass. It says she was going 80 on a 65 but I think cops usually down-write to next lower rounded number to be nice.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 12:01 1

14. Topcat488 (Posts: 1108; Member since: 29 Sep 2012)


Cuckoo Glasses is a more appropriate name for these Glasses... Because if you're talking to someone wearing them things they look cuckoo, staring off to the side and up into space. Glass Holes.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 13:26

19. commercialPilot (Posts: 4; Member since: 10 Dec 2012)


People, this is how it works: A judge decides what the law is (i.e., if what the woman did was illegal)—not the traffic officer! She only needs to appear (preferably with a lawyer) in court and have a judge (not a judge pro tem) decide this issue. It's possible it was not a violation. If so, hopefully officers will stop issuing citations for this.

posted on 30 Oct 2013, 19:15

22. GadgetsMcGoo (Posts: 163; Member since: 15 Mar 2013)


Still a form of distracted driving.

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