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Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket 254

Posted by Roblimo
from the buckle-your-seatbelt-and-turn-on-your-GPS dept.
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Sahas Katta writes in Skattertech that a traffic cop pulled him over while driving home and gave him a speeding ticket but thanks to his Android, he ended up walking out of traffic court without having to pay a fine or adding a single point to his record. "I fortunately happened to have Google Tracks running when an officer cited me for speeding while heading back home from a friend's place," writes Katta. "The speed limit in the area was a mere 25 miles per hour and the cop's radar gun shockingly clocked me driving over 40 miles per hour." Once in court Katta asked the officer the last time he attended radar gun training, when the device was last calibrated, or the unit's model number — none of which the officer could answer. "I then presented my time stamped GPS data with details about my average moving speed and maximum speed during my short drive home. Both numbers were well within the posted speed limits," says Katta. "The judge took a moment and declared that I was not guilty, but he had an unusual statement that followed. To avoid any misinterpretations about his ruling, he chose to clarify his decision by citing the lack of evidence on the officer's part. He mentioned that he was not familiar enough with GPS technology to make a decision based on my evidence, but I can't help but imagine that it was an important factor.""
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Smart Phone Gets Driver Out of a Speeding Ticket

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  • by BrowserCapsGuy (872795) * on Friday February 25, 2011 @11:29PM (#35320558) Homepage

    Guy gets a ticket, goes to court dressed respectfully, treats the judge with deference, geeks out to a clueless judge about his nifty new GPS toy, asks the cop something he heard a previous defendant's lawyer ask about lack of evidence that worked, and is found not guilty. The judge goes out of his way to note the GPS evidence played no part in the decision. How is this a story about a smart phone getting someone out of a ticket?

  • by PPH (736903) on Friday February 25, 2011 @11:42PM (#35320668)

    Its a story about how no judge is going to establish a precedent wherein evidence not under the court's or police department's control will be admitted. Its the same sort of hissy fit they throw when you video some cop doing dirt [slashdot.org].

    Its their game and we are not allowed to play.

  • by im_thatoneguy (819432) on Friday February 25, 2011 @11:49PM (#35320714)

    Its a story about how no judge is going to establish a precedent wherein evidence not under the court's or police department's control will be admitted. Its the same sort of hissy fit they throw when you video some cop doing dirt [slashdot.org].

    Or it's a story about a judge who is presented evidence that could very well be fabricated but didn't need it so ruled as he would have ruled anyway and ignored the piece of information which would then have to be vetted, analyzed and contested by expert witnesses.

    "Your honor I wasn't speeding because I had the particular Radar Gun re-calibrated by a certified repair facility and it was 15mph fast. Also I have tinfoil underwear which gives me the illusion of looking like I'm moving faster than I am."
    "I dismiss the speeding ticket against you... but I do so ignoring the claim about your underwear."
    "OMG IT WAS THE UNDERWEAR!"

  • Racket (Score:5, Insightful)

    by cdn-programmer (468978) <{ten.cigolarret} {ta} {rret}> on Saturday February 26, 2011 @12:27AM (#35320970)

    You participated in a racket and were ripped off and now you are proud? Its clowns like you who don't fight that encourage them to continue the racket.

    I had my car towed across the street once... a construction crew wanted to dig up my side. I have no problem with that. What I didn't like was the ticket for parking in the no parking zone. The issue is the no parking zone showed up probably at 7 am in the morning after I left.

    You better believe I fought them! racket. Ont he way home from winning (for the wrong reasons... racket remember) I met my neighbor who had also been parked. I asked him why he didn't get a ticket. He said he did and he paid it.

    Its people like my neighbor who encourage this abuse by paying.

    Rule of thumb. Fight ALL tickets. Never allow them to profit from the racket and we'll hopefully get the racket more under control.

  • by Some Bitch (645438) on Saturday February 26, 2011 @04:30AM (#35322200)

    I've seen an inexperienced, young cop in traffic court lose something like eight cases in a row because he could not produce evidence...

    ...I don't understand why he bothered to show up that day, other than to get paid.

    That was an inexperienced young cop turning into an experienced young cop. No doubt a painfully embarrassing lesson.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday February 26, 2011 @06:26AM (#35322536)

    (I always have to delete my in-car computer data when pulled over... my top speeds fall in category of wreckless driving, and I'm paranoid cops will check it out.

    You're a dick. But I still hope your sister doesn't get knocked down by a speeding car.

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