The officer who pulled over Cecilia Abadie decided that the Google Glass was a monitor that was visible to the driver, a violation of California law. The law is meant to stop people from watching television while they are driving.
According to Abadie, her Google Glass was not turned on during the incident.
"I think the law is broad enough to say it violates the law," said San Diego attorney Mitchell Mehdy. "There's a wealth of revenue to be generated from technology. The traffic law enforcement is coming and saying wow, we've got this new incredible device and we want our piece too."
Google warns about these sorts of situations in the Google Glass FAQ.
"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!"
A Google Glass spokesperson said that users are responsible for how they use the product. “As we make clear in our help center, Explorers should always use Glass responsibly and put their safety and the safety of others first. More broadly, Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it."
Abadie has the option of going to court to get the Google Glass portion of her ticket dismissed.
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