Google Earth no help in speeding fine case
A University of Sheffield lecturer has failed to dodge a speeding fine after courts showed his theory that Google Earth was more accurate than speed cameras to be false.
Dr Tennore Ramesh was found to be travelling at 41mph in a 30mph area but denied the offence. Ramesh stated that his research on Google Earth didn't match up with measurement captured by the safety camera, making its reading incorrect.
An expert witness was recruited, the powers of science flexed and Ramesh stuck to his plea. A prosecution expert however showed that it was in fact Google who were inaccurate. Ramesh subsequently changed his plea to guilty.
This is not the first time that Ramesh has been in trouble for speeding offences. A new driver, with a license for less than 2 years, he has already gained three points for a previous speeding conviction.
Ramesh was told to pay costs of £3392 and fined £375. His license also had a further three points added to it, leaving it up to the DVLA whether or not to remove it from him.
Google Earth has a selection of different tools that allow you to estimate things like distance and area. They are however, by Google's own admission, estimates.
Speed cameras use lasers to measure distance and are therefore incredibly accurate.