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Temecula Woman Cited for Wearing 'Google Glass' Headset on the Road

California Highway Patrol initially stopped the woman on suspicion of speeding Wednesday on Interstate 15 in San Diego until it was discovered she was wearing the Google prototype.

A Google Glass headset is a wearable computer being tested by Google (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
A Google Glass headset is a wearable computer being tested by Google (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

In a possible high-tech first, a Temecula woman helping Google test its prototype eyeglass-style wearable computer system got a traffic ticket this week for sporting the equipment while driving on Interstate 15 in San Diego, the California Highway Patrol reported today.

An officer with the state agency issued the citation early Tuesday evening to a woman wearing the "Google Glass" device in violation of state Vehicle Code 2760, CHP spokesman Jake Sanchez said. The motorist initially was pulled over for allegedly speeding near Aero Drive.

The law makes it illegal to "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," according to Sanchez.

The spokesman said he knew of no other case in which anyone in the state was cited for using the equipment, which is not yet available to the public at large, while behind the wheel.

On a social-networking page, Temecula resident Cecelia Abadie -- a tester, or "Google Explorer," of the technology -- identified herself as the recipient of the ticket and posted a photo of it.

Abadie wrote, "Is #GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong??? Any legal advice is appreciated!! ... Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the U.S.?"

Abadie was cited for allegedly driving too fast as well as for wearing her Google Glass headset, Sanchez said.

In a question-and-answer section on its website for the technology, Google notes that "most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites."

"Read up and follow the law!" the statement continues. "Above all, even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road."

—City News Service

ChrisG October 30, 2013 at 11:08 PM
Most people suck at driving. Why add additional distractions to our chaotic driving environment?
Jacob Robinson October 31, 2013 at 12:00 AM
The vehicle code is wrong. It's 27602: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc27602.htm
SD October 31, 2013 at 10:18 AM
I've seen many people driving while using their cellphone in one form or another and while they are speeding and there is no exception to the location they are on freeways on surface streets and in parking lots, so now add to the distraction along with breaking the law one of these devices. It's good they cited this person, I have included the link to the article on 10News. There is a picture with her wearing the device. On or not it appears to be distracting. http://www.10news.com/news/san-diego-woman-cecilia-abadie-says-she-was-cited-for-driving-with-google-glass-103013
SA October 31, 2013 at 11:57 AM
This is straight BS … There was / is no way the officer could ascertain if the driver was not just simply wearing the google glasses… If the driver told the officer that the glasses were on while she was driving, then she is a moron…
Scarf ace October 31, 2013 at 12:17 PM
The CHP will cite everything just to get a stat. No wonder why they are known as Triple A with a badge.
Lynda StarWriter October 31, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Cecelia --OMG! You cutting-edge, tekkie driver! It doesn't sound as though Table Topics practice helped you to speak your way out of this -- though my guess it wasn't the Google glasses -- it was the speeding. You're ahead of your time and a celeb noveau. I heard this on the radio, too. You rock!
Rob Murillo October 31, 2013 at 01:53 PM
why didn't she remove them before the CHP walked up to her? Perhaps she wanted to be seen in them.. "Look at Me Mr. CHP Im high Tech!"
Commonzenze October 31, 2013 at 06:37 PM
What, no Google Glass video of her getting the ticket?
Kenneth Letteer November 01, 2013 at 07:14 AM
It's ok if they only kill themselfs, but they take others with them. I see it all the time now, phones, makeup, food, reading ( books- news papers ) tablets, computers, and that just the cops in Winston-Salem, NC. The regular drivers are worst, I'm glad when I do not have to drive it's crazy out there. Now they want cars that drive themself - death by computer code.
Harlem Journals Sunjata November 01, 2013 at 09:56 AM
What is sad are those who side with this lady. Cellphones, texting and now some fool on the road with high tech glasses. Feel she was right? Invite her to your roads, maybe you have about as much sense as she does and you don't mind other folks paying the price in insurance costs, harm to people and possible death because another idiot doesn't know what to do while driving, simply drive, pay attention and stop putting others in unnecessary danger. DUH!
CB November 01, 2013 at 08:14 PM
A couple months ago I got a ticket for talking on my cell phone..even though it was hooked up to my car so that I could just listen through my car speakers. I paid the ticket, but Im pretty sure that would have been considered hands free, no different than speaking to someone in the car. I think cops sometimes act unfairly and some have power trips. I dont really know what Google glasses are so I dont know how they are distracting.
ChrisG November 01, 2013 at 09:26 PM
@cb. Curious what you were cited for if you were using hands free cell device.
CB November 02, 2013 at 03:27 AM
for talking on my cell phone. I was at a red light and a motorcycle cop pulled up right next to me, my windows were down and he could hear the voice coming from the speakers and then me responding, in an empty car. I did not feel like I was doing anything wrong but knew he was going to pull me over because he kept staring into my car.
Shannon Starr November 02, 2013 at 07:58 AM
Here's the answer http://bit.ly/17z7b9q
John Dillon November 26, 2013 at 04:28 PM
What a twit she is. She's more worried about whether there is precedent set for the citation than if she was stupid to be wearing the device in the first place. It's pointless to wear if not turned in and moronic to be driving with it turned on. Accept your ticket, pay your fine, acknowledge that you're just plain dumb, and move on.

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