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California woman denies ‘Google Glass’ caused driving distraction

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 22:55 EDT
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San Diego woman ticketed for driving while wearing Google Glass [KFMB-TV]
 
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A US woman thought to be the first person to get a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass pleaded not guilty in court, her lawyer said.

Cecilia Abadie, who was wearing the hi-tech eye-wear but says it was not turned on at the time, was charged with speeding and distracted driving on a San Diego area freeway on October 29.

On Tuesday her lawyer William Concidine appeared in court with the 44-year-old to deny the charges.

“Our primary argument is that Ms. Abadie was not driving while the Google Glass was actually operational,” he told AFP, adding: “There is nothing illegal about simply wearing the Google Glass while it is not turned on.”

The traffic code on which she was cited makes it a violation to drive a vehicle “if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen” is visible, according to the LA Times.

The speeding ticket alleges that she was driving at 80 mph (130 kmh) in a 65 mph (105 kmh) zone.

“The issue will be what does the officer who cited Ms. Abadie testify to at the trial regarding whether he saw, or did not see, the Google Glass being used while Ms. Abadie was driving the vehicle,” said her lawyer.

A judge set a trial date of January 16, her lawyer said.

[Image via KFMB-TV]

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