Google Glass Driving Citation Prompts Legal Debate

Posted on November 4, 2013

Google Glass hasn’t even come out yet, but people are already wondering about the many legal implications of the device.  Some are concerned about privacy in an age where people around them are wearing glorified cameras as they go about their day, while others worry about the danger posed when people are so distracted by their Glass that they fail to pay attention to their surroundings.

This could be particularly hazardous when a Glass user is behind the wheel of an automobile, and the opening salvo in the eventual war between safety advocates and proponents of the technology may have just been fired.

Recently, a woman driving in San Diego while wearing a prototype version of the device was pulled over.  The woman was issued a ticket for speeding, the violation that reportedly led to the traffic stop in the first place, but the officer responsible for pulling the woman over also cited her for her usage of a monitor at the wheel.  As worded, this could be considered against the law, even though she was wearing the device over her eyes like a pair of glasses.

Some have already urged the person who was reportedly cited to dispute the ticket in court, but whether that happens or not remains to be seen.

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