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Can driving with Google Glass get you a traffic ticket?

by AirTalk®

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Should Google Glass be banned from the car if it leads to distracted driving? Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

They may look just like a pair of glasses but driving while wearing Google Glass may actually get you a traffic ticket. An early adopter of Glass in San Diego found this out when she was pulled over for speeding and the officer cited her for wearing the tiny computer.

Cecilia Abadie told the officer her Google glasses were switched off but she was given a ticket anyway under California Vehicle Code 27602 that makes it illegal to "drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other means of visually displaying a television broadcast or video signal that produces entertainment or business applications is operating and is located in the motor vehicle at a point forward of the back of the driver's seat, or is operating and the monitor, screen, or display is visible to the driver while driving the motor vehicle." She posted a copy of the ticket to Google + .

Abadie’s post has more than 500 comments, mostly from tech savvy sympathizers who were shocked to hear wearing Glass while driving can get you a ticket.

Does the law meant to prevent people from watching TV while driving be applied to Google Glass? How does the officer know if it’s switched on or not? If GPS screens are allowed, will users be allowed to access GPS on their Google Glass? Should Google Glass be banned from the car if it leads to distracted driving?


Mitchell Mehdy, San Diego attorney who goes by “Mr Ticket”

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