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Woman Bravely Fights Historic Google-Glassing While Driving Ticket, Wins

Cecilia Abadie and her new driving companion. (Photo via Abadie's Facebook)
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Remember the case of Cecilia Abadie, the Temecula woman who caused an uproar last year for getting ticketed for Google Glass-ing while driving? A judge in San Diego just had her ticket thrown out of court.

The 44-year-old Abadie's ticket in October of 2013 started an interesting conversation on whether or not the as-of-yet unreleased technology could be used while driving your car. Abadie posted the ticket on her Google+ page, which bore "Driving with monitor visible to driver (Google Glass)" in barely legible cop handwriting. "Is #GoogleGlass illegal while driving or is this cop wrong??? Any legal advice is appreciated!!" Abadie said to her masses of friends and followers.

Her main argument was that the device was not on when the cop pulled her over, rendering it useless and unable to distract her while driving. Today, the judge agreed, stating that one's Google Glass can only pose a driving hazard if it's on, according to the Los Angeles Times

In all honesty, the judge's ruling is confusing, considering that it would be extremely hard to tell from a cop's viewpoint if someone's Google Glass is on though a driver's windshield. But hey, score one for the tech crowd.

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Abadie posted a picture of her paper vindication on her Google+ page, much to the delight of her fans, some of which had been using the questionable hashtag #freececilia:

Her attorney even got her speeding charge thrown out of court, citing that the officer's speedometer needed to be better calibrated, according to the L.A. Weekly. So, today's ruling was the ultimate win-win for Abadie: she doesn't have to take off her device while driving and she doesn't even have to pay for speeding on the freeway.

Woman Gets Ticket For Google Glass-ing While Driving