Ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving believed to be first

Oct. 31, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- A California woman has been given a traffic ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass.

Cecelia Abadie of Temecula was pulled over for speeding Tuesday evening by a California Highway Patrol officer in San Diego, U-T San Diego reported. She ended up with two tickets, including what is believed to be the first traffic citation for Google Glass use.

Abadie is one of about 10,000 people designated by Google as Explorers to test the high-tech glasses. They use a Bluetooth device to connect wearers to the Internet.

She said she was surprised by the ticket and said the officer did not mention Google Glass until he returned to her car after writing the speeding ticket.

"When he came back the second time, he asked me why I was wearing Google Glass very emphatically," she said. "I was surprised. I said, 'Well, it's not illegal, right?' And he said, 'Yes, it is illegal.' I was completely shocked."

Abadie said she has been wearing Google Glass all day and that the device does not interfere with vision if it is turned off.

Google in a statement said the glasses should be used responsibly: "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 got the ticket under a California law that bans drivers from using mobile devices while their vehicles are moving but specifically exempts GPS devices. She plans to fight the ticket and said she has gotten offers of help from lawyers since she posted news of the stop on a social networking site.

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