Google Glass-Wearing Driver Who Received Ticket Fights Charges
Cecelia Abadie was ticketed for speeding and wearing Google Glass while driving in October. She pleaded not guilty in a Dec. 3 hearing.Driving while wearing Google Glass earned a Southern California woman a traffic ticket back in October, and now she is taking her case to court, arguing that she was only wearing the device and not using it when she was stopped. In a telephone interview with eWEEK, Cecelia Abadie, 44, of Temecula, Calif., said that she pleaded not guilty at a court hearing on Dec. 3 and that she is pursuing the case to seek dismissal of the charges. She was cited for traveling at 80 mph in a 65 mph zone. After entering her plea, a trial date for the case was set for Jan. 16, 2014, Abadie said. She had posted a notice about the plea hearing on her Google+ page that included a short video interview with her attorney, William Concidine, who outlined his plans for her defense. In the interview, Concidine said he will argue in court that just wearing a Google Glass device while driving is not illegal, since it does not impair a driver's vision. Also, he said, since Google Glass didn't exist when California's driving laws were written, he will challenge whether they can be considered as an infraction.
"We're going to be challenging the issue of whether Miss Abadie was driving while operating a television or some other media device," as laid out under the state's driving code, Concidine said in the video. "We don't believe that Google Glass falls into that category since it wasn't in existence at the time of the drafting of the law. We're going to be arguing that Miss Abadie's case is unique, it's different, it’s the first of its kind and that there's nothing illegal about wearing Google Glass while driving your vehicle."