Woman Ticketed For Testing Google Glass

An officer noticed the high-tech eyewear after pulling her over for speeding

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    A Riverside County woman is planning to fight a traffic ticket she got for wearing a Google Glass prototype while driving. She was pulled over for speeding, but was cited for wearing the high-tech eyewear after the officer realized what she was donning. Gadi Schwartz reports from Santa Monica for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013)

    A Southern California driver testing a Google Glass prototype was pulled over and ticketed for something she didn't expect - wearing her glasses.

    Cecilia Abadie was pulled over in San Diego by a California Highway Patrol officer for speeding. But when the officer saw her high-tech eyewear, he ticketed her under a disputed California law.

    "At one point I asked him, ‘It’s not illegal, right? And he said, ‘It actually is illegal,'" said Abadie, a Riverside County, Calif. resident. "I was shocked."

    Abadie is a Google Glass Explorer - one of a select few allowed to buy the $1,500 glasses, which feature email, navigation, pictures and Google in a translucent prism she can see over her right eye.

    "It's so comfortable, I forget to take it off even when I don't use it," she said.

    The officer cited Abadie under a California law that bans the driver’s use of television, screens or monitors while driving.

    The CHP defends the law, saying that the computerized glasses are a distraction.

    In the meantime, Abadie says she won't be wearing her Google Glass behind the wheel anymore.

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