California woman ticketed for driving with Google Glass

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".


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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23 Comments

1. Sauce unregistered

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

2. chrislars

Posts: 77; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

Your right, his handwriting is unlawful.

3. GrapeEyes

Posts: 248; Member since: Sep 01, 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

7. Sauce unregistered

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

4. Muzhhur

Posts: 261; Member since: Sep 14, 2012

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

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I call it B.S.

6. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

I clicked on this because I thought it was Amy Farah Fowler. Nothing to see here

8. ibap

Posts: 865; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

15. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

17. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 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.

9. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

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

10. Reality_Check

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Cecilia Abadie*

11. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 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.

18. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1770; Member since: Oct 18, 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...

12. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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.

16. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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).

20. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 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).

21. JC557

Posts: 1917; Member since: Dec 07, 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.

23. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

Dude, the Tesla touchscreen is 17". It's a monster of a touchscreen.

13. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

14. Topcat488

Posts: 1411; Member since: Sep 29, 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.

19. commercialPilot

Posts: 4; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

22. GadgetsMcGoo

Posts: 168; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

Still a form of distracted driving.

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