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Google Glass use while driving earns woman a traffic violation

One of the great car safety issues of our time is texting while driving (and, on a broader basis, cell phone use while driving). Many Anchorage residents have had the chilling experience: they are traveling down a highway and, suddenly, the car next to them drifts into their lane, only to correct itself at the last second.

As you pass by the car, the white glow of a cell phone screen is visible, and the driver's head is looking down. Distracted driving in the modern age is so irresponsible, and so dangerous, that it boggles the mind why people think it would be okay to look away from the road while driving just to send a text message with "LOLs" and smiley faces on them.

The technology of our time makes it so easy to stay connected -- and these devices themselves are so absorbing -- that many people will simply dismiss what is going on in front of them to respond to a text. Even while driving at high speeds, the text message comes first for some drivers. It has been shown that drivers can travel multiple football fields in the time it takes to look down and read a text message.

Think of all the changes that could occur in traffic during those few seconds.

The biggest problem with the distracted driving debate is that the technology is constantly evolving. For example, have you heard of Google Glass? If not, here's the gist of it: Google Glass is a device worn around the head that sets a screen in front of your eye. The device is connected to the internet and functions like a smartphone: it can take photos, upload things to social media sites, and do almost anything your phone can now.

The issue is, it's right in front of your face. What happens when drivers inevitably start using this technology? One woman in California found out that driving while using Google Glass is an easy way to get a ticket. She was pulled over on an unrelated charge, but when the officer saw the Google Glass, the woman received an additional ticket for distracted driving.

Source: CNN, "Drive in Google Glass, get a ticket," Heather Kelly, Oct. 31, 2013

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