The Next Big Traffic Safety Debate: Google Glass

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin wears Google Glass. Jeff Chiu/AP

The gadget makes it onto a ticket in California, setting off an inevitable nationwide discussion.

Cecilia Abadie from San Diego, California, may be the first person to get a ticket for driving while wearing Google Glass.

After being pulled over late Tuesday night, Abadie promptly posted a scan of her ticket on her Google Plus profile, along with the big question: “Is #GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong???”

To be clear, Abadie’s first offense was driving above speed limit. But the fact that “Google Glass” made it onto the ticket as a second violation virtually guarantees the beginning of a nationwide debate.

A scan of Abadie's ticket, as shared on her Google+ profile.

The specific law the officer cited is California Vehicle Code Section 27602 , which says you can’t drive while some form of visual display is operating and is located in front of the driver’s seat or is otherwise visible to you while driving. Although mapping displays and GPS systems are allowed under that law, determining where wearing Google Glass fits in requires parsing a host of technicalities.

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