Android app gets a college student out of a speeding ticket

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



1. dieselxdan unregistered

def going to get this on my app

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...

3. hookedonfonix unregistered

I don't believe you read the article.

4. SunnyVZW1 unregistered

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

7. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

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

8. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

(In response to Jeff)

12. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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

16. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 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.

18. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

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

20. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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!


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 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.

6. Gerudas unregistered

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

9. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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".

11. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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

19. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 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...

21. DJLegacy2k5

Posts: 212; Member since: Jan 28, 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!

17. JackFace

Posts: 190; Member since: Nov 03, 2009

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

23. cnance

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 16, 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.

25. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

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

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

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

14. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

15. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 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 $! ;)

22. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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.

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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