Fight Speeding Ticket With GPS Data
We all appreciate the job that police enforcement provides society. They are critical in keeping us all safe and the job they do should get a significant amount of praise, as they are the ones who put their lives on the line every single day to keep us all protected from the bad guys. Although police are a positive influence on the community and key to the personal safety of all people, sometimes people can get a little annoyed with the men in blue. This is certainly the case when a motorist gets pulled over and written a citation for a traffic violation such as speeding or making an illegal turn. Traffic cops routinely use radar guns and other sleuth technology to gauge how fast a motorist is operating an automobile, but this same type of technology is also helping motorists fight traffic citations. This is exactly what many people using GPS navigation and tracking systems are doing when proceeding with a trial by declaration or court trial to fight a traffic citation.
Police state that one of the most common excuses motorists pulled over for moving violations state is that “My navigation GPS told me to turn here”. People use GPS navigation systems in the form of portable units or smartphone apps such as Google Maps or iMaps every single day to provide routing directions, but the technology is far from perfect. In fact, iMaps has a very well-documented record of navigating people to the incorrect desired locations, and even telling motorists to turn onto one-way streets! The problem is that even if a highly-rated app for a smartphone provides incorrect information that leads to a motorist making an illegal turn the end responsibility falls upon the motorist themselves to make the correct decision. Of course, police will be sympathetic to a certain degree if in fact, a GPS navigation system is the cause for the erratic driving behavior, but that won’t change the party culpable, which is in reality the driver.
“I have heard every excuse in the book when it comes to motorists explaining why they did something that violates the law, but at the end of the day the person behind the steering wheel, pressing the gas pedal and operating the vehicle is the one who needs to be accountable”, explained a police officer who did not wish to be identified for this article. “Smartphones, GPS units, and other technological equipment are not the ones licensed by the state to operate a vehicle, but rather the driver. Therefore, most officers simply do not want to hear a motorist pass the blame, but rather be accountable for their mishap. In fact, drivers who simply own up to their mishap are far more likely to be let go with a warning than a driver who spends their entire time blaming their GPS navigation or car tracking device.”
How To Prove To Police You Weren’t Speeding
Tracker devices that use GPS locational data are more common in cars now than at any time in the past. GPS monitoring devices now decorate company and personal vehicles, as the systems are routinely used to enhance auto-theft security and driver safety, all while helping many drivers receive a discount on their auto insurance. However, they are also helping many motorists fight tickets they feel were unfairly given for violations such as speeding. This is because tracker devices can record the live locational position, speed, and time en route of a driver as fast as every single second! Therefore, the GPS trackers themselves are actually more accurate than a police officer holding a radar gun that could have calibration issues as he is hiding behind some trees near a highway overpass that could also be creating interference.
“Recently, I was pulled over for allegedly speeding when in fact I was driving the appropriate speed limit”, explained a representative for Tracking System Direct. “Thankfully, I work for a GPS monitoring company and actually had a real-time GPS solution equipped to my personal vehicle and was able to pull up the speeding records and the times associated with the citation. After review, the driving activity reports from my GPS monitoring systems showed in detail that I was in fact not speeding at the time of the alleged speeding violation. I was able to print out copies of the driving activity reports and attach them along with my trial by the declaration for a judge to review. Once the judge was able to review both statements from the officer and me along with evidence from my GPS unit he made the decision to dismiss my ticket. Clearly, this would have never happened if it were not for the concrete data provided by my GPS vehicle tracker.”
According to a driver survey of 500 people conducted by an online insurance agency, women are most likely to state ignorance as to the excuse when being pulled over by an officer for a traffic violation. Whereas, men state they are in an emergency situation of some sort. However, the most commonly used excuse heard, according to police, is the motorist stating they could not see any signs informing them that such a vehicle move was illegal or not allowed.
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