I've legitimately been pulled over for speeding a few times in my life (OK, three), but there are those stories told by friends who know someone who was pulled over for speeding but legitimately was under the limit. What follows is a day in court to battle the ticket, waiting, lines, a missed day of work, and most likely traffic school since it's you vs. the law.
However, GPS smartphone apps may prove to be more helpful than just finding directions — they may also help you beat a ticket. In fact, one app helped a man do just that, since it records your speed, route, and location. The app was meant to be used for tracking your runs, but since he had it open and was recording his drive, he was able to get his case tossed out because the app recorded a max speed of 26 miles per hour in a 25 zone, vs. the supposed 40 miles per hour as the traffic cop claimed. Want one of these apps for yourself? Check out a few of them after the break.
- My Tracks (Free) — The app mentioned above is called My Tracks, and this free app records distance, route, and speed. It's meant for sports, but I'd say it's got the ability to be way more useful than just tracking your runs.
- SpeedView Pro ($2) — This app also uses your phone's built-in GPS to record speed, distance, location, and average speed per trip.
- GPSTracker Lite (Free) — Another Android winner, GPSTracker Lite is free and records coordinates, speed, time, even altitude changes.
- iSportsTracker ($5) — Similar to the above apps, but for the iPhone, this app is a little pricey, but brings home the information just the same.