A court case surrounding a Google Glass ticket has been thrown out due to reasonable doubt. Commissioner John Blair ruled that there was no proof that the device was in operation while driving. The ruling could spark more cases for drivers who have been given a ticket for wearing Google’s innovative product while behind the wheel.
Cecilia Abadie was pulled over for speeding and giving a ticket for that offense. The police officer then gave her a ticket for wearing Google Glass. The ticket said that she was using a monitor while driving, which is covered by the law of California. The technological Glass is not yet explicitly covered under items banned while driving.
According to Abadie’s lawyer, William Concidine, the device was not in use at the time of driving, so she was free to wear it. For a ticket violation when it comes to TV screens and videos, the monitors have to be turned on and in sight of the driver for a person to receive a ticket. The argument is that the devices being on lead to distractions, which can cause accidents.
So far, only three states have created bills against Google Glass while driving: West Virginia, New Jersey, and Delaware. It is possible to activate the mini camera through voice commands, allowing people to check their emails, use social networking websites and much more. Everything appears on the glasses, blocking the view of the road.
The commissioner in the San Diego court threw out the case when there was no proof that the Google Glass was on at the time, so a ticket could not be issued. However, legislation against this could cause issues. Richard Bennett, an American Enterprise Institute scholar explained that Glass could help people with navigation while driving. It is possible to pull up Google Maps, similar to the way it is used on Sat Navs. The maps would be right in front, preventing a driving from having to look sideways or downwards at a GPS device.
He does agree that it is also a problem for law enforcement. Police would never know whether someone is navigating while driving or watching something on TV, like a football game. It makes it harder to introduce bills like those surrounding cell phones, where it is illegal to text while driving but hands-free kits are allowed.
NBC San Diego reports that Abidie’s device was activated at the time of the police pulling her over, but she was not using it. The device automatically activated when she looked up as the officer approached her.
Despite ruling to throw the case out, Blair also stated that the device does fall under Vehicle Code 27602 for the state of California. The issue is proving that the device is turned on at the time. Concidine argued that since the device was created after the legislation, it cannot be illegal to wear the device while driving. Abadie explained that she always where the technological glasses, but never turns them on while driving. All eyes were on the Google Glass ticket case as the commissioner chose to throw it out due to lack of evidence it was turned on while driving.
By Alexandria Ingham