We’ve told you previously about Cecilia Abadie, who got a ticked for driving with Google Glass. Back then she stated that she is going to fight the citation, especially because her device was turned off at that time, being low on battery. We are following this case because it could create a precedent for future similar incidents and we hope that she wins, because Google Glass is a great companion for drivers, with its great built-in navigation software.
Cecilia Abadie was pulled over back in October 2013 for speeding, but the police officer also noticed that she is wearing Google Glass, so he gave her a ticket for having a video or TV screen in front of the vehicle while driving. She has pleaded not guilty on both charges, but we are mostly interested in the Glass-related one.
Both Abadie and her lawyer made public statements and they hope to win the trial, as are we.
It’s a big responsibility for me and also for the judge who is going to interpret a very old law compared with how fast technology is changing
According to her lawyer, the police officer can’t prove that her Google Glass was turned on and she also claims that it was indeed turned off. This case has created a lot of buzz among Glass fans and the media, along with us, keep tracking this trial, because we wouldn’t like to see our favorite device getting banned while driving.
Lawmakers in seven states have introduced bills to ban Google Glass while driving. We have just told you about the New York bill yesterday. While lawmakers are struggling to get Google Glass banned, the company is amplifying its lobbying efforts in order to stop them from doing that. It’s true that Glass can distract the driver, but it can also be very useful. It’s up to the user what he wants to do with it while driving.
Google has even posted an announcement on their website that advises drivers to pay attention to the road while wearing Google Glass.
Read up and follow the law. Above all, even when you’re following the law, don’t hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road.
We will keep you posted once we find out more about the trial. We will also try to get in touch with Cecilia Abadie for more details.