GPS to be used in Defense against a speeding infringement

, posted: 29-Oct-2007 16:28

A retired Sheriff's son is going to be the first in the USA (possibly in the world) to defend himself against a radar speeding ticket by producing Fleet Management tracking evidence from his in car GPS unit.

His father put the system in his son's car to see where he is and also to check on his known lead foot, as he has been known to drive at 70 M.P.H. which in this case, satellite data says he wasn't.

This is going to be a very interesting test case (if it gets to court).  Radar systems have to be calibrated, but it is generally accepted that satellite data is very accurate because it looks to mutliple sources. There is an argument that satellite data is typically based on segments of data, not continuous capture.

I have personally known of people in New Zealand who have been let off with a warning, when they have been caught on radar after denying (in one case falsely) that they were speeding and said that they were prepared to go to court to defend the case using their Fleet Management data as evidence. I suspect that the reason they got off was a combination of their speed not being considered at the serious level of infringement and that the officer figured the incident wasn't worth the paperwork and time in court.

Anyway, if the case does go to court, it will no doubt reach my RSS aggregator.


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Comment by sbiddle, on 29-Oct-2007 16:59

I read a story a couple of weeks ago about a guy in the UK charged for exceeding the speed limit but he challenged this in court and won. I can't recall the full details but the guy was actually the developer of a commercial sat tracking system and has one unit fitted to his own vehicle.

Here in NZ the same rules apply to mobile camera sites. Fixed cameras are accurate so there is no point challenging them. Try getting a date in court if you've got pinged by a mobile camera and you'll find the police waiving the ticket rather than joining you. Why? They know how flawed mobile cameras are as they simply cannot be set up to ensure that they are complletely accurate.


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