Calgary Tesla owner fighting speeding ticket with data from TeslaFi

Have you ever received a speeding ticket and thought you weren’t going as fast as the police said you were? That’s what happened to Scott McKay in Calgary last month when he received a $373 fine for allegedly driving at 120km/h (74mph) in an 80km/h (49mph) zone.

McKay was driving home along Glenmore Trail when he was pulled over by the Calgary Police Service (CPS). When the officer approached the Tesla, he told McKay, “I estimated you doing 120 in an 80 zone…license, registration, insurance.

Calgary speeding ticket
Image via Scott McKay /LiveWire Calgary

According to McKay, he accepted the ticket and went home, even though he was convinced he wasn’t travelling that fast.

“It didn’t sit right with me. Even with he handed me the ticket it didn’t sit right,” McKay said.

It wasn’t until later that night he remembered he might be able to know how fast he was travelling thanks to his TeslaFi subscription. He logged into his account and it was right there, showing his top speed at the time was only 96.6km/h (60mph).

TeslaFi Calgary data
Image via Scott McKay /LiveWire Calgary

McKay says he plans to contest the ticket in court with the TeslaFi data. Since the ticket was only based on an estimation, he doesn’t know how CPS will be able to prove his speed in court.

He is also fighting the ticket because he feels an officer’s estimate should not be enough to give someone a ticket. Especially when it comes with a large fine and four demerit points.

We’ll be keeping a close eye on this case and let you know the outcome when it happens.

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