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Android app gets a college student out of a speeding ticket

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Android app gets a college student out of a speeding ticket
College student Sahas Katta was terrified when he received his very first speeding ticket. Back in 2010,  he got pulled over by an officer and accused of doing 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. Even though Sahas was sure he wasn't speeding, he handed his license and registration without asking any questions. Luckily for him, Sahas later realized that he had My Tracks by Google running on his Motorola DROID all along, which eventually helped him avoid getting fined.

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

Android app gets a college student out of a speeding ticket


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posted on 23 Feb 2011, 08:55 1

1. dieselxdan (unregistered)


def going to get this on my app

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:02 2

2. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


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...

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:09 5

3. hookedonfonix (unregistered)


I don't believe you read the article.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:12 4

4. SunnyVZW1 (unregistered)


It wasnt the cop that let him off it was the judge.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:21 5

7. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Haha the liberial iPhone user has a terrible phone, and also can't read. It all makes perfect sense now!

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:21 3

8. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


(In response to Jeff)

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:42 6

12. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


*smh* This is the type of user has an iPhone. The ones that dont read or care about facts, they just want shiney lol

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:11 5

16. JackFace (Posts: 190; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


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.

Moron.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:32 4

18. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Jack, I couldn't agree with your statement more. (minus the sarcasm).

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 14:29 5

20. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


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!"

LOL

SHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:14 1

5. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2988; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


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.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:19 1

6. Gerudas (unregistered)


if the cop doesn't show the case is always dismissed.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 09:25 2

9. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Not true.
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".

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:41 1

11. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


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

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:34

19. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


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...

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 14:32

21. DJLegacy2k5 (Posts: 205; Member since: 28 Jan 2011)


Yah bud they screwed you and had you sign the wrong spot or check off the wrong box! lol

MD is shady as hell!

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 12:12

17. JackFace (Posts: 190; Member since: 03 Nov 2009)


In most states (not sure about your state), signing a ticket is not an admission of guilt at all.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 22:20

23. cnance (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Dec 2010)


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.

posted on 24 Feb 2011, 06:55

25. msa1988 (Posts: 417; Member since: 30 Mar 2010)


Hm. Well I am going to call the office about this and get this resolved because this is a big load of crap...

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:42

13. skymitch89 (Posts: 1062; Member since: 05 Nov 2010)


This is one of only a few good things that the GPS on smartphones is capable of.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:57

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


LOL this might be a case of Motorola>Motorola great that this kind of evidence its being accepted

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 11:58

15. LionStone (Posts: 447; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


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 $! ;)

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 19:23

22. downphoenix (Posts: 2329; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


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.

posted on 23 Feb 2011, 23:50

24. pshhh (unregistered)


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?

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