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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Forget Traffic School, This New App Will Help You Get Out of a Speeding Ticket

Posted By on Thu, May 17, 2012 at 9:02 AM

click to enlarge Not even an app could slow him down
  • Not even an app could slow him down

You know how impossible it is to get out of a speeding ticket when it's your word against a cop's.

Well, now there's an app for that.

TicketDefender, a new app that tracks your speed, time of day, and GPS location, will help drivers beat the system for a change. According to creator Ralph Krause, the new app relies on GPS and cell tower readings to monitor your speed every three to five seconds.

So when you get pulled over (because you will!), Krause says you should immediately hit the button on the app that says "press when ticketed."  An encrypted, watermarked speed count will be sent to the driver's e-mail address. The driver can also go to and get their speed count printed out for the courts.

"Potentially it could save you a minimum of a $230 ticket," Krause told ABC. "In the state

of California if you get one ticket, your insurance rates normally go up

25 percent."

We can't say for sure how the new app will hold up in court; so far nobody has bothered to use the technology in traffic court, Krause said. But when a driver does, they will have to prove their phone was working properly that day, and the GPS system they were using was not defective at the time they were ticketed.

In any event, it's certainly worth a try. What do you have to lose, other than a lot of money and a perfect driving record?

The app is available right now, but only for iPhones. Don't worry, Android users, plans are in

the works for the app to accommodate you, too. The current $1.99 price is an

introductory offer only; it's likely the price of the app will soon be

increased to $4.99.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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