GPS Tracker For Fighting Speeding Ticket
Driving safely was never a concern or issue for Gareth Powell, so when he was clocked by a speed gun traveling 11 miles per hour faster than the stated 50 miles per hour speed limit he knew something was miscalculated. “I am always a careful driver, following all the rules, and I was damn certain I was not speeding or breaking the law when I was pulled over by police”, said Powell. What Powell did have to validate his position was a tracking system that used the Global Positioning Satellite network to calculate his speed, time, direction, and more. With the vehicle tracking system evidence, Powell chose to fight the ticket he felt he wrongly was given to him.
GPS tracking systems are commonly viewed as more reliable than any form of speed calculation currently used by police.
Fighting a Speeding Ticket In Court
The unique court case was ruled over by a District Judge in late October 2009 with Powell calling expert testimony to validate his claim. Powell brought in a expert in the field of GPS tracking to provide details surrounding the accuracy of the GPS tracking system data. The witness stated that at the time the alleged traffic violation occurred their were at least eight GPS satellites locked onto Powell’s vehicle with a clear view. Reception was ideal, and the tracking system placement was good. The expert witness explained to the judge that the satellites had a solid GPS fix on Powell’s vehicle, and that the speed the GPS vehicle tracker measured his vehicle moving, 48 miles per hour, was without a doubt accurate.
After reviewing the case and the GPS tracking expert’s testimony the judge decided that it would be best to dismiss the case. Speaking about the case Powell said, “I am happy that the tracking system proved my innocence because if I did not have the vehicle tracking technology in my car the police officer could have gotten away with lying about the speed I was driving”.
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Source: Road transport