A San Diego traffic court official dismissed 44-year-old Cecilia Abadie’s citation for using her Google Glass device while allegedly speeding on a local freeway. According to a 10News report, Abadie was not actively using the prototype eyeglass-style wearable computer when a California Highway Patrol officer stopped her for allegedly speeding on the 15 Freeway near Aero Drive on October 29, 2013. Her speeding ticket was also dismissed due to lack of evidence.
Google Glass Was “Not On”
Google Glass is a product that is still not on the market. However, Abadie was among 10,000 “explorers” chosen to try out the devices before they were sold to the general public. Abadie’s Google Glass was not on when she was driving, but was activated when she looked up at the officer during the stop. Abadie’s story went viral after she posted a photo of her ticket on a social networking page and posed the question: Should she have been slapped with that ticket?
In this particular case, the acquittal shows that officers must establish that the Google Glass wearer was actually using the device while driving, just as someone accused of texting while driving must be shown to have actually been using their cell phone to send or view a text message while driving. Google urges the device’s users to follow their state laws and pay attention to the road.
Laws and Liability Issues
California has distracted driving laws in place when it comes to use of electronic devices and texting while driving. If you injure another person while driving distracted or cause an injury car crash, in addition to getting cited or charged by the police, you can also be held financially responsible for the injuries and damages caused. Injured victims of distracted driving accidents can seek compensation to cover medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, rehabilitation and other related damages.
Victims would also be well advised to contact an experienced California personal injury lawyer who will remain on their side, fight for their rights and ensure that they are fairly compensated for all their losses. It is important to always keep your eye on the road and put safety before everything else.