Googling while driving? California says delete that

Google Glass

Do not wear your Google Glass while driving. The California Highway Patrol, among others, has thing against people looking at the Internet instead of the road.

Google Glass is a computer you wear on your head like eyeglasses. It is not technically a television, but Cecilia Abadie found that law enforcement officers aren’t that interested in such technicalities. BBC International News reports they pulled her over on Oct. 30 and gave her a ticket for violating California’s law against watching television while driving. A screen is a screen, the officers argued, even if it’s teeny tiny and shows search results rather than sitcoms.

Abadie doesn’t buy it. According to the BBC, she showed up in court in San Diego this week to fight the ticket.

“It’s a big responsibility for me and also for the judge who is going to interpret a very old law compared with how fast technology is changing,” Abadie was quoted by the BBC.

According to the British network, some 30,000 people were selected to try the new device before it becomes widely available. Abadie was pulled over by a CHiP officer for driving 80 mph in a 65 mph zone on Interstate 15 in San Diego, the BBC reports. She argued her Google Glass was not turned on when she was pulled over.

The Daily Herald in Chicago reports that Illinois lawmakers may consider an explicit ban on Google Glass while driving. State Sen. Ira Silverton, D-Chicago, introduced a bill Jan. 14 to ban drivers from using the the device.

“It’s just another way people will be distracted,” the Chicago Democrat told the the paper. “People’s attention to the road should not be interrupted.” The Daily Herald reports lawmakers in Delaware, New Jersey, and West Virginia have introduced similar bills.

In a statement to the paper, Google spokeswoman Anna Richardson White said wearers should use the technology responsibly.

“More broadly, Glass is built to connect you more with the world around you, not distract you from it,” Richardson White said.