General Debate 04/02/11

How My Smart Phone Got Me Out Of A Speeding Ticket In Traffic Court

I eventually took the stand nervously. The plaintiff presented information from city plans noting that my speed limit was inappropriate for the area. Taking hints from a lawyer that spoke on behalf of a defendant shortly before me, I decided to ask the officer a few questions about the day he cited me. It turned out that the officer did not recall the last time he attended radar gun training, when the device was last calibrated, or the unit’s model number. 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.

I also made it clear to the judge that I had no other prior driving records or violations. After a lengthy pause, the judge asked how I obtained the GPS tracking information. I provided a detailed explanation about my new awesome smart phone, the application in use, and how I exported the data. After questioning whether the data was reliable, I mentioned the in progress Sonoma County Superior Court trial regarding the same matter about the credibility of both technologies.

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.


Categories: Culture, General Debate

3 replies

  1. Of course, Red, it won’t be long ’til such technology will simply dial in to the local police/court system and report speed related traffic violations. They’re already talking of GPS chips in cars. Something to look farward to …


  2. Britain really has run mad.

    Police roadblocks are being set up to catch drivers who are breaking the law – by smoking at the wheel of their company vehicle.

    It’s hard to know what to say . . .


  3. ‘It’s hard to know what to say . . .’

    Its hard to believe Brits would succumb to this bullshit. WTF is wrong with them?


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