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Court dismisses case against driver ticketed for wearing Google Glass

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Court dismisses case against driver ticketed for wearing Google Glass
You might remember 44 year old Cecilia Abadie. She is the woman who was pulled over for speeding and incurred additional fines for wearing Google Glass while behind the wheel. Never mind that a new app could make Google Glass a life saver by making sure that you don't fall asleep while driving. The law says that those driving a vehicle cannot view a television monitor.

Instead of paying the ticket, Abadie decided to take up the matter in court. The Court dismissed the citation issued for wearing Google Glass while driving, saying that the police had no proof that the connected specs were in operation while Abadie was operating her vehicle. And the court made it a clean sweep for the defendant when it threw out the speeding ticket as well. Court Commissioner John Blair noted that the police failed to present an expert witness to testify on the calibration of the officer's speedometer.

"Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it...always use Glass responsibly and put their safety and the safety of others first."-Google

Highway Patrol Officer Keith Odle said he clocked Abadie doing 85 mph in a 65 mph zone, driving her Toyota Prius. The officer said that originally he was not going to write her a ticket for wearing Google Glass, but said that Abadie got a little too argumentative. Interestingly, Abadie says that wearing Google Glass did not give her a blind spot while operating her car.

source: Reuters

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posted on 17 Jan 2014, 05:14 2

1. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

YEAAAAa!!! pfhcuck the CHP!!!!

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:05 2

2. TheRetroReplay (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)

The cop said that she was going 85 mph in a Prius? Yeah, he's lying, the only way that would happen is if the wind was behind it.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 06:32

3. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 1276; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)

rofl....hilarious....Score one for the people.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 07:44 1

4. buccob (Posts: 2714; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

This is really stupid... It would be the same to give a ticket to somebody having a GPS system turned on while driving... technically you shouldn't see the screen, but rely only on turn by turn directions... BUT HOW CAN THEY PROOF that I was looking or not looking at the GPS screen?

The same applies to Google Glass... even if it was ON, a cop CANT tell if the drives was focusing on the device instead of driving.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 10:10

5. Augustine (Posts: 1043; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

So the police confessed to trumping up charges because he didn't like Alice? How dare a citizen defend herself? There it is, what we always knew of pigs in the official record.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 13:20

6. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

I am glad you know the law. Read why it was dismissed.

I love people like you, makes me smile when alot of my family members pull you over for being 'dumb' in a car.

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