New Jersey lawmakers weigh ban on Google Glass for drivers

New Jersey is one of several states currently considering legislation that would make it illegal to drive while using Google Glass, the eyewear mobile device that functions much like a smartphone, allowing users to browse the internet, check emails, take photographs and perform other functions with literally "the blink of an eye."

Although Google Glass is still under development, prototypes have been distributed to test users across the country. A California driver made headlines recently by receiving the first known traffic citation for wearing Google Glass. However, because there was insufficient evidence that the device was actually turned on at the time, the charges were dismissed.

In New Jersey, lawmakers are considering a measure that would make it illegal to operate a motor vehicle while using a "wearable computer with head mounted display." The Jew Jersey bill, which specifically mentions Google Glass as an example of such a device, would impose a fine of $100 on those convicted of violating the ban.

Debate over necessity of Google Glass bans

Because the device is new and not yet widely available, the full scope of its impact on driving ability remains uncertain. Nevertheless, considering that thousands of people are killed and injured each year in traffic accidents caused by distracted drivers, some policymakers are understandably eager to get out ahead of the next potential threat. In 2012, distraction-related crashes resulted in 3,328 deaths and approximately 421,000 injuries nationwide, according to, a government website dedicated to distracted driving awareness.

However, not everyone is in favor of legislation that would ban the use of Google Glass while driving. Not surprisingly, Google Inc. is among those opposing such proposals, and the company has even hired lobbyists in some states in an effort to convince lawmakers to reconsider, Bloomberg News reported recently. Google contends that the devices are less distracting than smartphones and says they may even be used to help drivers avoid potential hazards.

New Jersey law holds distracted drivers liable for injuries

Distracted drivers who cause accidents in New Jersey can be held financially liable for the damage they cause, and may be required to pay for the medical bills, lost wages and other losses suffered by those who are hurt. To discuss your options for pursuing a legal claim if you or a loved one has been hurt by a distracted driver in New Jersey, get in touch with a personal injury lawyer near you.