Teen Uses GPS against Radar Gun (in Off-topic)

smallpau1 - Go Blues [Lower My Fees] September 20 2009 3:00 PM EDT

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

AdminTitan [The Sky Forge] September 20 2009 3:06 PM EDT

That's awesome Pau1.

Adminedyit [Superheros] September 20 2009 4:36 PM EDT

this will be interesting to see the outcome of this case. today's GPS technology is amazingly accurate. i have a handheld unit that without the 6' antenna attachment can get me to with in 2' of a valve box (a 6" diameter circle of metal) with the antenna attachment it's withing inches. this is a mid grade piece of technology open to the public, kinda makes you wonder what the government has access to.

Demigod September 20 2009 5:13 PM EDT

GPS units have overturned tickets before. I knew a man who got a ticket in Atlanta (Alpharetta) and got the ticket removed with his GPS printouts. Of course, no one paid enough attention to his case to set any real precedence.

QBsutekh137 September 20 2009 7:41 PM EDT

Wow, maybe the police will go do something useful? Nah. I can't wrap my head around that concept, so it won't happen.

Much more likely that we all get lo-jacked, camera-watched, and thrown in jail for whatever crime de jour is desired.

In other words, I'm not sure what I should wish for on this front. *smile*
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