Almost every driver has felt the unpleasant feeling of receiving a speeding ticket from a police officer. There are many times that the ticketed person’s speedometer did not reflect that they were indeed speeding at the time they received the ticket. Unfortunately, it does not matter because the law always prevails for the officer and his or her radar gun that recorded the speed that was supposedly driven. Technology has changed with the recent popularity and technological advancement of GPS tracking systems that are now inexpensive and easy to use. GPS tracking systems have paved the way for people who feel they were wrongly ticketed by an officer to validate themselves and fight the semi-reliable radar technology that officers use.
Radar and laser guns used to calculate a motorist’s speed are not 100% reliable, and their flaws are becoming more exposed. There is a vast amount of credible online information showing that a good percentage of given traffic tickets were actually due to a reading of an inaccurate radar gun.
GPS tracking systems are one tool that many people have been using to fight the growing problem of officers giving out traffic tickets because of a false reading recorded by a radar or laser gun.
The Texas Department of Public Safety produced a comprehensive manual based on the Federal tests. It cautions operators, “…the radar does not generate ‘false’ readings. Anytime a reading appears, the radar has sensed a signal. The radar operator must be familiar with situations that can produce ‘error’ readings.” If the operator does not detect the error, a ticket will be wrongfully issued.
Some of the reasons for radar gun errors include:
- Antenna Positioning Error
- Look-Past Error
- Vehicle Interference Error
- Cosine Error
- Double-Bounce Error
- Beam-Reflection error
- Road-sign error
- Fan-Interference error
Vehicle tracking systems use satellite technology to accurately triangulate a person or vehicle’s speed, position, date, time en route, etc. Of all the various ways to collect this sensitive data, vehicle tracking systems that utilize GPS technology are widely viewed as the most accurate way to gather the driving-related, or travel information.