Driver not guilty of traffic violation for wearing Google Glass

Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court. The traffic commissioner dismissed a ticket issued her for wearing the glass while driving.
(Lenny Ignelzi / Associated Press)

SAN DIEGO — A Temecula woman was found not guilty in traffic court Thursday of a charge of distracted driving for wearing Google Glass.

San Diego Traffic Commissioner John Blair found that wearing the computer-in-eyewear could be covered as distracted driving by the traffic code, but that police must prove that the eyewear was on.

Cecilia Abadie, 44, is believed to be the first driver in the nation to have received such a ticket. Google Glass is not yet on the market. Abadie is among those selected nationwide to test the product.

She was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer Oct. 29 while driving north on Interstate 15 in northern San Diego County.


The officer issued the ticket as a violation of Vehicle Code 27602 that makes it a violation to drive a vehicle “if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen” is visible.

Abadie testified that the Google Glass was turned off.

Blair also dismissed a speeding ticket for lack of evidence. Abadie had been driving 80 mph in a 65-mph zone, according to the ticket.

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