Driving With Google Glasses Illegal?
Earlier this week, a Temecula woman became the first person ever to get slapped with a ticket for wearing Google Glasses while driving.
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. [Fox5]
The woman, Cecelia Abadie, says that the glasses were not turned on while she was driving, and turned to social media for help in fighting the ticket.
I think this woman was somewhat stupid for leaving her Google glasses on in the first place (and possibly using them even though she says she wasn’t) while driving. This is going to be a landmark case no matter what and she’s stuck right in the middle of it.
This first of its kind ticket brings up a lot of questions, though. The ticket was for having a monitor in view of the driver. But what about GPS that come preinstalled in your car? Aren’t those monitors that are in front of the driver? What about rear view cameras? Some new cars have everything on a screen on the dashboard, including radio stations, and your gas usage. Are these now illegal even though they come stock in your car?
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