Beating A Ticket With Google Maps And Some Free Stolen WiFi

from the thank-you-technology dept

The one traffic ticket I received, many years ago, involved running a stop sign which I didn’t run (I’m one of those annoying folks who believes in complete stops at stop signs, not even rolling stops — and this stop sign had a cop hiding down the street for the previous three months, so I was especially careful there). I went to court to fight it, but it was my word against the cops. In fact, in the description the cop gave to the court, he described how I drove past the sign warning that there was a stop sign ahead — which was impossible, because that sign is actually before the street I had turned from (the street on which I lived). However, the judge took the officer’s word — which is what you’d expect him to do. However, it looks like traffic violators everywhere are getting more tools to fight such misstatements. Boing Boing points to a case in Manhattan where someone used an available WiFi signal to call up Google Maps and show that the road he was on was a two-way road, rather than a one-way road, as the ticketing officer had claimed. Of course, that means the judge had to be convinced that Google Maps accurately showed which roads are one way — but it at least seemed credible. Still, as Mark at Boing Boing notes, the guy in question could, conceivably, now be accused of stealing WiFi.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Beating A Ticket With Google Maps And Some Free Stolen WiFi”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
acousticiris (user link) says:

An answer to your sidebar...

…when going to court to fight a ticket, the only method that has some success (provided you didn’t pay a lawyer to handle the matter) is to be humble, admit you did something (that in this case you didn’t do), apologize and ask that the judge take it under advisement (3-6 months probation, no tickets, no points, no insurance increase). You’ll probably pay court costs in the amount equal to the fine on the ticket, but where I live that’s a small price to pay to keep your insurance costs low.
When it’s your word against a cop, a judge is almost always going to give the cop the benefit of the doubt. If you don’t have some sort of hard evidence, or a lawyer, you’re going to lose.
Consequently, it’s about $300 to fight a speeding ticket with counsel. Whereas, two points on your license as a young individual in Michigan will cost you about $1200 over 3 years on a newer vehicle if you have anything more than PL/PD coverage… It really brings new life to the phrase “The man who represents himself has an idiot for a client”.
But then IANAL…

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...