A First? Driver Gets Ticket for Wearing Google Glass
Woman in California might be testing new legal ground
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 30, 2013 2:33 PM CDT
In this file photo, Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass glasses.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – It's a tech milestone of sorts. A woman in San Diego has gotten what might be the first ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass. When she got pulled over speeding, the officer also cited her for "Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)," reports Engadget. Cecilia Abadie posted the ticket on Google+ and reached out to anyone who might be able to provide legal advice.

The short version seems to be that these kinds of laws remain very much in flux. The Consumerist notes that California bars people from driving if a video screen in the car is visible to them, though it makes exceptions for GPS devices and the like. Would Google Glass qualify? What if it's not on? It's all unclear. The Huffington Post reports that Delaware and West Virginia have legislation in the works to ban drivers from wearing Google Glass, but adds, "It may be time for the courts to decide."

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robert891
Oct 31, 2013 7:35 PM CDT
I think she'll beat the ticket. First, was she using Glass or just wearing it? Does the Officer have evidence of impaired ability? I don't think he can prove either.
odowd80
Oct 31, 2013 9:07 AM CDT
I'm not sure how this one will shake out. If she was using Glass for navigation, then its no different than using a cell phone or GPS device mounted to the dash.
qa_rocks
Oct 31, 2013 2:20 AM CDT
Another excuse for a money grab. Reading a map while driving .. fine Changing CD's or radio stations .. fine Google glasses OMG FINE Touch your phone in the car OMG FINE Trying to read a map/melways/A to Z in the car is so dangerous .. no fines and people managed for years. Fucking pathetic