Google Glass user Cecilia Abadie acquitted in ticket case: Ticket is dismissed

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego traffic court judge dismissed a Temecula woman's citation for using her Google Glass device while allegedly speeding on a local freeway.

Commissioner John Blair ruled that 44-year-old Cecilia Abadie was not actively using the prototype eyeglass-style wearable computer when she was stopped by the California Highway Patrol for allegedly speeding on Interstate 15 near Aero Drive on Oct. 29.

Abadie's speeding ticket was also dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Abadie was among 10,000 "explorers" chosen to try out the devices before they were sold publicly.

Defense attorney William Concidine said Abadie's Google Glass device was not on when she was driving, but was activated when she looked up at the officer during the stop.

CHP officials told 10News that vehicle code prohibits a monitor screen that is operating in front of the driver.

On a social-networking page after the incident, Abadie identified herself as the recipient of the ticket and posted a photo of it.

Abadie wrote, "Is GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong??? Any legal advice is appreciated!! ... Do you know any other GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the U.S.?"

In a q-and-a section on its website, Google says "most states have passed laws limiting the use of mobile devices while driving any motor vehicle, and most states post those rules on their department of motor vehicles websites."

"Read up and follow the law!" the site warns. "Above all, even when you're following the law, don't hurt yourself or others by failing to pay attention to the road."

Google Glass features a thumbnail-size transparent display on the lens in front of the right eye.

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