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Driver who wore Google Glass pleads not guilty to 2 violations

December 03, 2013|By Tony Perry
  • Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside San Diego traffic court. Abadie pleaded not guilty to speeding and distracted driving for wearing the Google Glass.
Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside… (Lenny Ignelzi / Associated…)

SAN DIEGO -- A Temecula woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday in traffic court to charges of speeding and distracted-driving for wearing Google Glass.

Cecilia Abadie, 44, is believed to be the first driver in the nation to have received a ticket for wearing Google's computer-in-eyewear. Google Glass is not yet on the market, but Abadie is an "explorer" chosen to try out the innovative product.

She was stopped by a California Highway Patrol officer Oct. 29 while driving north on Interstate 15 in northern San Diego County.

The officer issued the ticket as a violation of Vehicle Code 27602 that makes it a violation to drive a vehicle "if a television receiver, a video monitor, or a television or video screen" is visible.

Abadie's attorney, William Concidine, told reporters that Abadie would testify that the glasses were not on while she was driving. He also plans to argue that the code does not cover Google Glass because it was written before Google Glass was invented.

The speeding ticket alleges that Abadie was driving 80 mph in a 65-mph zone. Trial will be set in January.

"We're going to be arguing that Miss Abadie's case is unique, it's different, the first of its kind,"  Concidine said. "And there is nothing illegal to be wearing Google Glass while driving."

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