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Distracted driving: San Diego woman ticketed for wearing Google Glass

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are various activities that fall under the category of distracted driving.
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    December 08, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Many drivers in San Diego, California, know that distracted driving is dangerous. However, it is often difficult for drivers to know exactly what qualifies as distracted driving, especially as technology becomes more advanced and integrated. This point was illustrated recently when a San Diego woman received a ticket for wearing her Google Glass while driving.

First ticket for Google Glass

According to CNN, the woman was pulled over for speeding, and when the officer saw that the woman was wearing Google Glass, an additional citation was issued for that. This is the first time that a ticket has been issued for the technology, which is not yet commercially available.

The officer cited a California law that bans monitors facing drivers unless the screen is being used to display navigational tools or car-mounted camera feeds. The woman maintains that the Glass screen was not blocking her vision and that the device was turned off at the time. She has the option of challenging her ticket, but the citation brings up questions about what should happen when people actually use Glass while driving.

According to CNN, response to the ticket has been mixed. Some people believe that the technology is minimally distracting. One supporter points out that looking at the screen requires even less time spent looking away from the road than a glance at the dashboard would. At the same time, though, the technology could be dangerous if used irresponsibly. Google advises people using Glass to be conscientious and aware of state traffic laws.

As a whole, the Glass citation underscores the fact that more research is needed into whether technology is inherently distracting or capable of helping drivers stay more focused. It is also important for California drivers to understand what constitutes distracted driving so that they can make responsible decisions when they are behind the wheel.

A closer look at distracted driving

According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, there are various things that fall under the category of distracted driving:
- Using a handheld phone for talking or texting while driving.
- Eating, grooming, smoking or performing other personal routines.
- Working while driving by checking email, taking notes or holding a phone call.
- Changing vehicle controls such as temperature, radio and mirror settings.
- Looking at passengers or things outside of the vehicle.

There are many things that qualify as distracted driving, and even though some are not explicitly against the law, drivers who cause accidents while doing these things may be held liable. It remains to be seen how driver use of technology like Google Glass will be legally treated, but it is obviously important for drivers to be conscientious when using any new technology.

The bottom line is that drivers should always keep as much focus on the road as possible. Driving attentively can lower your risk of causing an accident, and it can even help you avoid accidents caused by other drivers.

Of course, being aware isn't always protection enough. If you have been harmed as a result of an accident with a distracted or otherwise negligent driver, you should contact an attorney to find out about pursuing compensation.

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