San Diego Driver Ticketed for Wearing Google Glass

By Monica Garske
|  Thursday, Oct 31, 2013  |  Updated 7:49 AM PDT
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Driver Ticketed for Wearing Google Glass

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 17: An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Eight members of the Congressional Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus sent a letter to Google co-founder and CEO Larry Page seeking answers to privacy questions and concerns surrounding Google's photo and video-equipped glasses called "Google Glass". The panel wants to know if the high tech eyeware could infringe on the privacy of Americans. Google has been asked to respond to a series of questions by June 14. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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A woman pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer for speeding in San Diego was also ticketed for wearing Google Glass, CHP officials confirmed.

Cecilia Abadie was stopped and issued a citation for speeding and driving with Google Glass -- high-tech, reality-augmenting eyewear commonly known as “Glass.” The small gadget is worn on the head, just like a pair of eyeglasses.

CHP officials said the citation was for “driving with a monitor visible in violation of California Vehicle Code 27602.” That particular section, according to CHP, states that it’s against the law in California for a motorist to drive a car if a television monitor, screen or similar video monitors are turned on and visible to the driver.

Abadie posted a photo of the citation on her Google+ page, adding:

“A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving!
The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass). Is #GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong? Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the U.S.?”

CHP officials said the incident happened Tuesday on Interstate 15 at Aero Drive.

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