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Don’t Google and drive: Cop gives Calif. driver a ticket for wearing Google Glass

- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Is the world ready for drivers who wear Google Glass? In California, the answer might be no.

A police officer on Tuesday pulled over Cecilia Abadie and gave her a speeding ticket that also penalized her for wearing the new technology.

"Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)" is what the official ticket reads, although Ms. Abadie took to her Google+ account to say that the device was not on at the time. The cop allegedly told her it was blocking her view.

California law states that "[a] person shall not drive a motor vehicle if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen, or any other similar 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," according to the technology website Ars Technica. However, there is apparently an exception for individuals who use monitors that utilize global positioning devices.

Ms. Abadie says she plans to fight the ticket.

"It's all in how a judge will interpret it and I suspect their love or hate and understanding of the technology might help or the opposite," she said.

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