Only in California: Driving While Googling

Google GlassA southern California woman was found not guilty of charges that she was driving in violation of California law prohibiting the use of video while driving.

The CHP officer who gave the Cecilia Abadie the ticket for wearing Google Glass said that the device violated California State Vehicle Code 27602:

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle 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.

The code was probably originally drafted to prevent people from watching television displayed on a standard screen as they drive their cars.

Cecilia Abadie’s attorney argued first that the Code did not cover Google Glass, and alternatively argued that the officer could not prove that Abadie was using Google Glass at the time she was driving.

Commissioner Blair, the first judicial official to rule on the state, held that the Code does apply to Google Glass, but that the state could not prove that the Google Glass was operating at the time of driving.

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Damon Chetson

Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.