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Google Street View used to fight a traffic ticket

Google Street View used to fight a traffic ticket
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It's always shocking when you see those red and blue lights flashing in your rearview mirror, or when you receive a speeding ticket in the mail. And, usually, there's not much you can do to fight it.

But one man from Winnipeg, Canada, used a clever trick to get out of a speeding ticket.

Danial Mercer was given a citation for speeding in a school zone. The ticket claimed that Mercer was driving over 30 miles per hour - around 12 miles per hour above the speed limit.

Believing the ticket was a mistake, Mercer turned to Google Maps to fight the $230 fine. By combining images from Google Street View, Mercer was able to prove in court where the school zone started and ended. He was then able to prove that his car was outside of the school zone when he passed the police officer.

The judge took Mercer's side and dropped the ticket. However, the police department is still backing its officer, claiming the camera distorted the image and made the distance appear farther.

There's still time for the judge's decision to be overturned, but if the ruling stands, Mercer will save himself a lot of money.

This is just a fun story that shows what technology can be used for these days. But there are more practical ways to use Google Maps. Click here to see Google Map's solution to its most annoying feature.

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