GPS trackers and smartphone applications are ideal for finding where you’re going; but it turns out they can be equally useful proving where you’ve been, and how you got there. A California college student recently used a cell phone app to talk his way out of a speeding ticket.
After being pulled over for reportedly exceeding 40 in a 25 mph zone, Sahas Katta felt confused; he didn’t think he was over the limit. In a state of panic, he handed over his license and registration to the officer without argument. When he got home, he checked his phone; it turns out the Google Tracks app was running in the background on his Motorola Droid smartphone. The application, typically used for fitness purposes, displays the user’s distance traveled, average, maximum and minimum speeds.
Katta transferred the data, which proved his maximum speed was 26 mph, from his phone to a Google Document in preparation for his court hearing six months later.
When the court date came, Katta presented his case humbly and eloquently. He questioned whether the officer’s radar gun was properly calibrated, and when the last time the officer attended radar gun training; questions the officer did not know the answer to.
After the GPS information was presented to the judge, Katta was ruled not guilty. Katta also cited an ongoing Sonoma County, Calif. Superior Court case in which lawyers are debating the legitimacy of GPS data as viable evidence in a court of law.
GPS tracking has countless applications; and it seems these days the investment in a tracker could end up saving you money in the long run.