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

Speeding ticket thrown out due to lack of evidence

SAN DIEGO - A San Diego traffic court official 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 the acquittal shows officers must establish that a Google Glass wearer was actually using the device -- in the same way someone accused of texting while driving must be shown to have actually violated the law.

"That's something that can be relied on by drivers," the attorney said. "You won't get ticketed for just wearing Google Glass or just having a phone in your car. There's still some protection against being cited unjustly and unlawfully."

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.

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

"Is Google Glass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong???" she asked. "Any legal advice is appreciated!! ... Do you know any other Glass Explorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the U.S.?"

She said Thursday that as a hands-free device, Google Glass is "completely superior" to a cellphone.

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."

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