Cecilia Abadie, a California woman, is the first ever Google Glass Explorer to receive a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass.
In a Google+ post, Abadie has posted the scanned copy of the ticket she received. Abadie was driving in the San Diego area when she received the ticket. “Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass)”, reads the description of the violation for which Abadie was handed over the ticket [see below for full ticket].
Abadie has requested for legal advice and wants to know if any of the other Glass Explorers were handed out a similar ticket. “Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the US?” she wrote.
It seems that Abadie violated section 27602 of the California Vehicle Code that addresses ‘Television’ use inside motor vehicles. Clause a) specifically prohibits anyone from driving “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 while driving the motor vehicle.”
Abadie claims that the Glass wasn’t turned on while she was driving, while the officer “kept saying it was blocking my view.” Abadie has already reached out on Glass Explorer Community for any advice. There are those who are encouraging her to fight against the ticket in court as there are exceptions in the law that allows a driver to use an equipment that includes “a mapping display” and/or “global positioning display” – both of which can be used to describe Glass.