Ticketed for wearing Google Glass
Monday, November 25 2013 | 00 h 00 min | News
A California woman intends to contest her citation, which she received because she was wearing her Google Glass while driving, in court.
In San Diego, after pulling Cecilia Abadie over for speeding, a police officer noticed she was wearing the famous web-connected eyeglasses. Without a moment’s hesitation, the officer added a citation that is usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen. This decision raised the ire of Cecilia Abadie, who is determined to take it to court.
“The law is not clear, the laws are very outdated,” said the driver in an interview with the Associated Press (AP), adding that navigating with the device is actually less distracting than with a GPS device or phone.
David Strayer, director of the University of Utah’s Center for the Prevention of Distracted Driving, says that although users can continue looking straight ahead while wearing Google Glass, glancing at the tiny screen in the lens can certainly distract them from the road, making the device a hazard.
Google declined to make a direct comment on the news, but warns drivers on its site. “Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.”