How Google Maps helped driver beat speeding fine

GOOGLE Maps have helped a man overturn a speeding fine in a long but successful court process.

Police fined Jens Gravlev for travelling at 69kmh in a 60kmh zone on the Warrego Hwy at Withcott on July 21, 2015, using a speed radar.

Mr Gravlev maintained he hadn't been speeding and fought the charge at a hearing in the Gatton Magistrates Court on December 6, 2016.

The hearing heard from Toowoomba Road Police Unit Senior Sergeant Brad Clarke who testified he had set up opposite Kensington Dr, at 389m from an 80kmh speed sign, and monitored traffic from the shade of the trees.

Mr Gravlev, representing himself, maintained he hadn't been speeding and used his car's cruise control and GPS device to monitor it.

But he disputed the distance from where Snr Sgt Clarke testified he had set up to where his car was photographed.

Using Google Maps which he said were accurate to "within 10 millimetres", Mr Gravlev said the distance from where Snr Sgt Clarke to the sign was 369.66m, court documents state.

The presiding magistrate found him guilty, fined him $200 and ordered he pay $247.70 costs.

Mr Gravlev appealed, citing the magistrate had rejected his Google Maps evidence, had taken as fact the TruCam device had been properly functioning, and Snr Sgt Clarke's evidence regarding the distance was accurate.

Ipswich District Court Judge Dennis Lynch found the magistrate had erred on a number of grounds including not accepting Mr Gravlev's maps and Snr Sgt Clarke's testimony of where he had been standing at the time.

Judge Lynch, on June 22 this year, found Snr Sgt Clarke had been closer to the 80kmh sign, and the "learned Magistrate rejected that evidence for reasons which were not legitimate".

He ruled the charge be set aside and Mr Gravlev found not guilty of speeding.

Judge Lynch denied Mr Gravlev's claim for costs totalling $7582.69 for "lost wages" during the hearings, but awarded him $473.65 to cover court transcript costs.