Google Tracks Helps Man Get Out of a Speeding Ticket


Our friends over at Skatter Tech have posted a very interesting story today: how an Android smartphone helped get one of their writers out of a speeding ticket. With a combination of GPS, Google Tracks, and a lack of evidence on part of the police officer who wrote the ticket up, they are now able to say that their smartphone helped them “beat” the legal system. It’s quite the interesting read, so go ahead and check it out over there.

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  1. Epic story

  2. Tempting, but sorry Google I still won’t let you track my wherabouts.

  3. An Android phone can save a life!!

  4. Haha. Turning in Google tracks while driving?

  5. *on

  6. I took the time to read the article and I found it both entertaining and humorous. It’s a testament of how consumer technology can be used, not to get away with anything, but to prove the innocence of any wrong doing. Technology, especially mobile devices have come a long way over the years. But, even in this particular circumstance, the author was able to claim and prove his innocence, the same could be said, if someone is actually guilty. Todays smartphones can be used as a tool by civilians as well as law enforcement. I find that both fascinating and worthwhile.

  7. “Epic story”

    Not really.


    –adjective Also, ep·i·cal.
    noting or pertaining to a long poetic composition, usually centered upon a hero, in which a series of great achievements or events is narrated in elevated style: Homer’s Iliad is an epic poem.
    resembling or suggesting such poetry: an epic novel on the founding of the country.
    heroic; majestic; impressively great: the epic events of the war.
    of unusually great size or extent: a crime wave of epic proportions.

  8. Epic YES! In California where it seems every offense results in a $500 citation (me getting 3 of them this year-one of which I am guilty), it feels good to get justice from the court system/state money printer. The only other prayer we’ve had up until now was hoping the officer failed to appear–or get a pricey legal help.

  9. @meh –

    heroic; majestic; impressively great

    Using technology to beat a speeding ticket is pretty “heroic,” and “impressive,” to anyone that’s ever gotten a ticket.

  10. It’s called “My Tracks” and not “Google Tracks”

  11. won’t be long before someone realizes they can manipulate this information or the printed out chart/graph and it’s completely inadmissable entirely

  12. He got off cause the officer couldn’t say whT radar he was using, when he was last trained to use it and when it was calibrated… That simple.

  13. niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice

  14. Oh c’mon Bob, where is it that you are going that you are so worried google will find out? or is it just the principle? I had someone tell me they stopped using gmail because google reads their emails, but I realized I like all of this big brother stuff. First of all, most people are just flattering theirselves thinking anybody on the planet actually cares where they are or the content of their emails, and secondly, if people are worried because they are doing something illegal, then by god I say let’s track them! People freak at the thought, but in actuality if google reads my emails, and has a record of where I’ve been, the only reason I care is if I am a crook or dense in the head, having not actually thought about the practical consequences, which are minuscule. If someone is desperate enough to hack google to find out where you are, they could just as easily watch you leave your house. So track me google, I have nothing illegal or otherwise interesting to hide, and neither do you bob ; )

  15. Good Read…

  16. I was thinking of doing this for my September ticket…ended up

  17. @Rich You put way to much faith in authority, the government. Please don’t trust them. This nation was founded on distrust of government.

  18. That’s an awesome story :)

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