Usually when police catch someone speeding with a radar gun, it is pretty much understood that the driver
of the car is going to pay a ticket. Sure a driver can try to challenge the ticket in court, but unless the citing officer doesnﾒt show, odds are you are going to lose the case. Believe me, I know.
One interesting case in California, however, pits one kind of technology against the other over whether a teenager was actually speeding when he was pulled over. Shaun Malone, age 17, was given a ticket back in 2007 for allegedly driving 62 mph in a 45 mph zone in the city of Petaluma. It could have been a easy open and closed case, but the carﾒs GPS tracker that was installed inside the vehicle showed that Malone was driving 45 mph before he was pulled over. Naturally Maloneﾒs parent contested the ticket based on the GPS data showing the vehicle was traveling the legal limit before he was stopped.
What was soon to follow ultimately was a court case that could possibly affect the way officers catch speeders using radar devices. Certainly the Petaluma Police department does not want radar accuracy being called into question and the department has spent over $15,000 on this case alone to defend the technology.
Guess we will have to wait and see the outcome of this case to witness which tech comes out on top. Will it be radar or GPS? The answer will be provided when the case is decided a few weeks.
Teen Uses GPS as proof of non-speeding