Not Guilty: Google Glass Wearer Cleared in Traffic Court

Official says there's no proof that Cecelia Abadie's device was on at the time

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Jan 16, 2014 7:10 PM CST

(Newser) – It's a Google Glass legal precedent: A San Diego traffic court threw out a citation today against a woman who was wearing the device while driving. Commissioner John Blair ruled that Cecilia Abadie was not guilty because the code she was cited for requires proof that the device was in operation. Blair found there was no proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Abadie is believed to be the first motorist cited for wearing Google Glass while driving. She was also found not guilty of speeding.

Abadie, a software developer, is among some 30,000 people called "explorers" who have been selected to try out Google Glass before the technology becomes widely available to the public later this year. She got pulled over in October on a San Diego freeway. The California Highway Patrol officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to people driving while a video or TV screen is on in the front of their vehicle.

Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court in this file photo.
Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court in this file photo.   (Lenny Ignelzi)
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