Android app gets a college student out of a speeding ticket
As its name suggests, the free application tracks information such as traveled distance, average and max speed by using GPS data, and visualizes it on a map. When Sahas had to defend himself in traffic court, he presented the log of his trip, which clearly showed a maximum speed of only 26 mph. It turned out the officer could not recall when his laser gun was calibrated for the last time, which questioned the credibility of the laser gun data.
Even though most people do not stand a chance in traffic court, Sahas Katta was declared not guilty. The judge's decision was based mainly on the lack of evidence on the officer's part, but it is believed that the GPS data had a significant impact on the outcome.
source: Skatter Tech via SlashGear
1. dieselxdan (unregistered) posted on 23 Feb 2011, 08:55 1 0
def going to get this on my app
2. JeffdaBeat posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:02 2 8
He got a nice cop...most wouldn't care what app you have on your phone or what it says and give you the ticket anyway...
3. hookedonfonix (unregistered) posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:09 5 3
I don't believe you read the article.
4. SunnyVZW1 (unregistered) posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:12 4 1
It wasnt the cop that let him off it was the judge.
7. msa1988 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:21 5 2
Haha the liberial iPhone user has a terrible phone, and also can't read. It all makes perfect sense now!
8. msa1988 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:21 3 3
(In response to Jeff)
12. DJLegacy2k5 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:42 6 3
*smh* This is the type of user has an iPhone. The ones that dont read or care about facts, they just want shiney lol
16. JackFace posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:11 5 1
Yes, because all iPhone users (every single one of the millions of iPhone users) are all stupid- they don't read or care about any facts... ever.
18. msa1988 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:32 4 3
Jack, I couldn't agree with your statement more. (minus the sarcasm).
20. DJLegacy2k5 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 14:29 5 1
Thank you, you are correct. I sell AT&T phones, so I am very capable of seeing first hand on a daily basis, what types of people buy the iPhone. Most could care less about features, they just "want what they saw on tv and their friend has, plus it has pretty cases!"
5. RORYREVOLUTION posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:14 1 0
Yea the cop didn't let him off the hook. He had to fight it in court and got off because lack of evidence. My roommate got out of a 500 dollar ticket because the cop didn't even show up and the case was closed.
6. Gerudas (unregistered) posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:19 1 0
if the cop doesn't show the case is always dismissed.
9. msa1988 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:25 2 0
Back in September I got a speeding ticket and Signed the ticket saying I want to go to court for it. Little did I know that when you want to appear in court to take the chance of the cop not showing up, you aren't supposed to do anything and they will send you a date in the mail. The signing of the ticket means you automatically plead guilty (it's only on there to trick you or to send in money and avoid the court date. If you sign the slot that says "Sign for court date", you are automatically pleading guilty). I went to court, my cop didn't show up, I went to say "not guilty" an the judge said "too bad, you signed your ticket, you already pleaded guilty".
11. DJLegacy2k5 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:41 1 0
Odd, not in MD anyways. I have signed tickets, been sent a court date, and got let off Not Guilty. On the ticket it says "Signing this document is not an admission of guilt but an understanding of the citation."
Or maybe the cop just tricked you into signing the wrong spot and you didnt read lol
19. msa1988 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:34 0 0
This was in Maryland actually. The judge said I admited guilt by signing. I called BS on him but he did not let me off. He gave me 1 point instead of 2, but didn't let me off.
I have a feeling I got ripped off real bad...
21. DJLegacy2k5 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 14:32 0 0
Yah bud they screwed you and had you sign the wrong spot or check off the wrong box! lol
MD is shady as hell!
17. JackFace posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:12 0 0
In most states (not sure about your state), signing a ticket is not an admission of guilt at all.
23. cnance posted on 23 Feb 2011, 22:20 0 0
Not true. It depends on what state you live in. In Ga the little line at the bottom is not an admission of guilt but its there to say I have received my copy of the ticket and I know that if don't show up to court my license will be suspended. I know this because I am a cop.
25. msa1988 posted on 24 Feb 2011, 06:55 0 0
Hm. Well I am going to call the office about this and get this resolved because this is a big load of crap...
13. skymitch89 posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:42 0 0
This is one of only a few good things that the GPS on smartphones is capable of.
14. protozeloz posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:57 0 0
LOL this might be a case of Motorola>Motorola great that this kind of evidence its being accepted
15. LionStone posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:58 0 0
Another reason Google rocks! I'll check out this app too, but I know a good radar detector (Valentine) has saved me that dreaded confrontation many times already...and saved me $! ;)
22. downphoenix posted on 23 Feb 2011, 19:23 0 0
Apps are good, but the best defense is still to simply not speed when possible, and to be aware of your driving areas and know where the speed traps are, cops are predictable.
24. pshhh (unregistered) posted on 23 Feb 2011, 23:50 0 0
all bull ... um hello even tho i love my rooted captivate i am gonna disagree with this there isnt a time stamp nor date with that app it just showed mile speed . so how can you prove it unless the judge look pass the date and time the ticket was giving in?