Calif. court acquits Google Glass wearer

SAN DIEGO — A California woman was found not guilty in traffic court of a charge of distracted driving for wearing Google Glass.

On Thursday, San Diego Traffic Commissioner John Blair found that wearing the computer-in-eyewear could be covered as distracted driving by the traffic code, but police must prove that the eyewear was on.

Cecilia Abadie, 44, of Temecula, is believed to be the first driver in the nation to have received such a ticket. Google Glass is not yet on the market. Abadie is among those who are testing the product nationwide, called Google Glass Explorers.

On her Facebook page, Abadie thanked the people who had followed her case and had supported her claim of innocence: "Happy for all my fellow Glass Explorers that were anxiously waiting for this decision."

She was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer Oct. 29 while driving north on Interstate 15 in northern San Diego County.

The officer issued the ticket as a violation of California Vehicle Code 27602, which makes it a violation to drive a vehicle "if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen" is visible. Bills are pending in the legislatures of Delaware, New Jersey and West Virginia to ban driving with Google Glass.

Abadie's attorney had argued that since the California code does not mention Google Glass, it could not be the basis of a ticket. Blair rejected that reasoning.

But Abadie testified that the Google Glass was turned off.

Calif. court acquits Google Glass wearer 01/17/14 [Last modified: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:04am]

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