California Issues First Ticket For Wearing Google Glass While Driving
"The law is not clear, the laws are very outdated," software engineer Cecilia Abadie said, according to The Associated Press. She added that she was “pretty sure” she would contest the ticket.
Abadie took to Google Plus yesterday to report the ticket, which she posted online. It shows that she was pulled over for allegedly going 80 miles per hour in a zone with a speed limit of 65. When the California Highway Patrol officer who stopped her noticed that she was wearing Google Glass, he also charged her with violating a law aimed at preventing people from watching TV while driving.
“Any legal advice is appreciated,” she wrote on Google Plus. As of Thursday, her post had drawn 500 comments, many of which urged her to fight the charge.
California's vehicle code prohibits people from driving with an “operating” video screen in the front of the car, visible to them. That law has an exception for some built-in screens, including GPS displays. But the law doesn't directly address wearable technology like Google Glass, which lets people view videos (as well as other material) on a glass prism.