Texting is not the only culprit behind distracted driving. With today’s
technology, drivers can surf the Internet, post on social media, and search
for directions, all while behind the wheel.
Google Glass eye devices are the latest concern for law enforcement. The
high-tech glasses feature a small display screen that allows the wearer
to send text messages, browse the Internet, and perform many of the same
tasks as you would on a smartphone.
Although they are not yet widely available to the public, California Highway
Patrol issued its first citation earlier this month in San Diego. According
to the Associated Press, the driver was initially stopped for speeding;
however, when the officer noticed she was wearing Google Glass, he also
added a citation for distracted driving.
While proponents of the new device argue that Google Glass is less distracting
than using a cell phone, it still poses risks. For instance, it can still
divert attention from the roadway.
The ticket, which may be the first involving Google Glass, raises questions
about how quickly distracted driving laws will be able to keep pace with
new devices. While several states are considering legislation to address
Google Glass, California courts will have to apply old laws to new technology.