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California woman gets ticket for driving wearing Google Glass

In what might be the first instance of its kind, a California woman was ticketed for driving wearing one of Google's latest creations, Google Glass.
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    December 21, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- When drivers in Salt Lake City and Ogden think of distracted driving, they often think of issues like texting and driving. Because of bans on texting and driving, for example, according to, all Utah drivers are prohibited from this action, emphasis on other forms of distracted driving are often forgotten.

Google Glass: A technological phenomenon

Recently, in what might be the first instance of its kind, a California woman was ticketed for driving wearing one of Google's latest creations, Google Glass, says CNN. These new devices are glasses which give wearers the ability to easily:
- Take pictures using voice-activated technology.
- Record what's in their line of vision without a handheld device.
- Share what is being seen live.
- Get directions to places simply by looking through the glasses.
- Send messages and get answers to questions.
- Translate their voice and more.

Wearers of Google Glass can easily view information that they request by looking into the prism screen in the top right corner of their field of vision. The glasses are designed to be extremely lightweight and as unobtrusive to the wearer as possible. Although Bluetooth and wireless internet capabilities are both built into the glasses and they use voice-activated technology, many states in the country have laws that would make it illegal for these glasses to be worn while driving.

While the woman who was wearing these glasses was originally pulled over for speeding, the law that she was cited for disobeying related to watching television while driving. Defenders of this woman state that the technology used in this new technological device makes it less dangerous to get directions using a smartphone or GPS, both instances which force the driver to take their eyes off of the road.

The dangers of all forms of distracted driving

There are three distinct forms of distracted driving. These include visual, manual and cognitive distraction. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, distracted driving collisions kill more than nine people every day in the U.S. and injure approximately 1,060. While texting is dangerous because it involves all three forms of distraction, the use of Google Glass while driving is a form of cognitive distraction, meaning that driving is not the vehicle operator's sole focus.

Getting into a car accident with a driver that was engaging in some form of distracted driving may have several physical, emotional and financial consequences. If you were in an accident with a distracted driver, contact an attorney in your area that can help you discover if you are eligible for compensation.

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