While GPS tracking may not prevent speeding tickets, if presented with additional evidence, the tracking can be beneficial in proving innocence or guilt.
Last year, Sahas Katta, CEO and founder of Skatter Tech, received a citation for traveling 40 mph in a 25 mph zone. Initially, Mr. Katta accepted the speeding ticket without questioning the police officer or the accuracy of the radar speed. Soon, however, he remembered Google MyTracks was running on his new Motorola Droid.
MyTracks is an Android based application that monitors a user's travels through the phone's GPS. The data is collected and recorded to track where the device has been and at what speed. Most commonly, this GPS feature is used to log runs, bike rides and vehicle travel for work or personal purposes.
Using MyTracks, Sahas realized his speed never reached 40 mph. He presented this information to the judge, along with other damaging evidence against the police officer. It was revealed the officer could not recall his last radar training course, when his radar gun had last been serviced or even the model of the gun. Therefore, the judge dropped all charges after considering the evidence presented and Mr. Katta's clean driving record.
Are you interested in having a GPS tracking device but don't have a smartphone? Garmin's nuvi line and handheld units also provide speed and location data. While the vehicle units don't display the data on screen, the information can be downloaded to a PC or Mac with the Basecamp software. Basecamp can be downloaded for free from Garmin's website.