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There is an interesting case going on in California. Parents of a 17-year-old boy cited for speeding are challenging the citation. It is the battle of GPS vs. Radar – who will win? Radar in legal halls has long been the “unbeatable” benchmark for proving speeding violations. The criteria, the calibration of the radar device and the qualification and certification of the officer using the device are really the only two ways in which it can be possibly challenged successfully. The parents of this boy however are going in a different direction. They are claiming that the boy’s vehicle was equipped with a satellite global positioning system tracking device which in addition to determining where the child was located at any point in time, also tracks the speed of the vehicle. The parents maintained that their teenager was traveling at 45 miles per hour, the posted speed limit when his vehicle was pulled over by the police officer. The officer, who was using radar on the vehicle, maintained that the boy was traveling at 62 miles per hour in a 45 mile per hour zone.

Each side has employed expert testimony in support of their positions. The town has reportedly incurred over $15,000 in preparation for the trial. The case is scheduled to go to trial in next few weeks in California. While the outcome will not be earth-shaking from a legal perspective, it certainly will be interesting.


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