So I'm no lawyer, but I've read a police report or 3,000. And looking at this, nobody was stopped for
wearing Google Glass while driving. That's an important point I'm seeing folks overlook. The driver was cited
for having a monitor visible while driving after being stopped for what appears to be speeding. (The blurrycam strikes when you least expect it. Ugh.)
There's a pretty big semantic difference there, and that also takes care of my first question — would wearing Glass be a primary enforcement (ie stoppable) offense in this jurisdiction?
And according to the statute folks in the follow-up comments dug up (http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d12/vc27602.htm
), I'd say the citation looks warranted.
You could argue otherwise, sure. And someone probably should, I think.
But at this point, with that statute being what it is, I'd probably argue that Glass doesn't (yet) fall into the first four exemptions ("vehicle information display," "global positioning display," "mapping display" or "A visual display used to enhance or supplement the driver's view forward, behind, or to the sides of a motor vehicle for the purpose of maneuvering the vehicle."
Mainly, that's because folks are trying to squeeze Glass into definitions of standard in-vehicle devices. Info screens built into the car. A traditional GPS unit. Maps fit into both of those. Supplementing the driver's view pretty clearly infers backup (or side, I suppose?) cameras, displayed on a monitor in the car.
Frankly, Glass is ahead of the statutes here, so that's going to cause a little pain for some folks. I haven't used it while driving yet. I just don't know whether I think it's safe for that. And when it comes to folks driving on the same roads as me and my kids, I tend to lean toward the conservative side of things. Put down the phones, folks. Seriously. Maybe Glass will help with that. Maybe HUDs are the answer. I don't know yet. I'm excited to find out.
In the meantime ... Get a ticket and don't think it's fair? Argue to a judge. Work with local legislators. (I imagine Google will at some point.) That's how this stuff works. And how it gets changed.
It's going to be extremely interesting to watch over the next decade.