By Harriette Halepis
Gareth Powell, a Bristol, England, resident was driving down a major highway on November 28th, 2008, when a police offer pulled him over, and proceeded to write him a ticket. In this type of situation, most drivers would have questioned whether or not they had, indeed, been speeding – but not Powell.
Powell knew that he wasn’t speeding. Not only is he a caution driver that never speeds, he also had a GPS tracker in his car that day. In addition to tracking Powell, his GPS tracker was also able to keep track of how fast he was going.
After contacting the GPS tracking company that manufactured his tracker, Powell found out that he was, indeed, within the speed limit on the date in question. During Powell’s court hearing, he presented the GPS tracking evidence to the court.
The court immediately threw out Powell’s ticket on the grounds that his GPS tracker was precise – he simply wasn’t speeding that day, and he had documented proof. Many people are given speeding tickets on a regular basis, but most people do not have a GPS tracker inside of their cars.
If Powell had not taken the time to purchase a GPS tracker, he would have been forced to dole out a large amount of money to pay for a traffic crime that he didn’t commit. GPS trackers can do a lot more than track your vehicle – in the case of Powell vs. the city of Bristol, a GPS tracker can prove your innocence.