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Old 09-24-2009, 08:32 AM
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Driver takes GPS to top of cliff -- and nearly over
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I hate to admit this, but horror stories about people following the directions of their GPS units with utter abandon just never get old. I can't count how many times I've read about drivers that have ended up in various bodies of water, but this is the first time in recent memory that I've heard about a GPS enthusiast that's found himself about to drive off a cliff.

This week's installment of bad driving comes from the UK, where a 43-year-old man named Robert Jones drove a $45,000 BMW off the main road and onto an unpaved trail designed for horses, bicycles, and pedestrians, after his GPS unit told him to take the unusual way home.

Jones, delivering the vehicle from a town he was unfamiliar with, followed the path up a steep hill and through "increasingly perilous conditions," and didn't stop until he hit the fence that kept his car from going over a cliff at the top of the hill.

Rescue workers spent nine hours getting the car back down.

Jones later faced legal charges from a local court for "driving without due care and attention," and he was convicted by the court after the judge decreed that he should have paid more attention to the road and less to the blinking lights on the little screen on his dashboard. Jones now stands as one of the first drivers to be convicted in the country for overdevotion to GPS and failure to yield to common sense. The penalty: About $1000 in fines and 6 points on his license.

Jones is unapologetic, saying that it's the first time GPS has let him down and that he had no idea things could go so badly awry. But courts seem to be getting increasingly tired of such incidents, with the Telegraph claiming that overreliance on GPS is now responsible for "hundreds of thousands of extra accidents" on the roads of Britain. All because of something that's supposed to help people find the best way from point A to point B?
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It always makes me wonder if the programmers of GPS program units to mess up after 100 uses or so. 100 uses just fine, but that 101st use a 5 mile trip might take you through 9 states, across three pedestrian bridges, 8 walking trails, across the lake, the hard way, and up one side of the mountain and down the other.
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I want to know why on earth anyone living ON AN ISLAND needs GPS. I mean - there's only so much "lost" you can actually GET on an island only 60 miles wide at its biggest point. General rule of thumb: If you are totally confused - go AWAY from the mountains. You'll find one of our three main roads. After that... if you're still lost -- STAY HOME!
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A couple years ago we had a family lost in the woods of southern Oregon (it made national news). They apparently followed their GPS over the mountain "pass," but the Forest Service road was closed for winter. They got snowed in and were trapped for nine days before the husband ventured out for help. He died 10 miles later.

There's only so much a GPS can do. Crossing through the mountains on shitty roads in November shouldn't need to be programmed in.
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Why not?

It seems a good idea to equip GPS systems with common sense, since the operators obviously can't be expected to have any.
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It seems a good idea to equip GPS systems with common sense, since the operators obviously can't be expected to have any.
LOL... Clearly.
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A couple years ago we had a family lost in the woods of southern Oregon (it made national news). They apparently followed their GPS over the mountain "pass," but the Forest Service road was closed for winter. They got snowed in and were trapped for nine days before the husband ventured out for help. He died 10 miles later.

There's only so much a GPS can do. Crossing through the mountains on shitty roads in November shouldn't need to be programmed in.
I thought they used MapQuest.

That story made big rounds on my mom boards, because the mother kept herself and the kids alive by breastfeeding them. As long as she has enough water and some body fat stores, a lactating mama can make milk until the cows come home.
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Listened to a report on NPR where stupid teens were talking about how cool it is to text and drive.

so Darwin will get his eventually.
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A couple years ago we had a family lost in the woods of southern Oregon (it made national news). They apparently followed their GPS over the mountain "pass," but the Forest Service road was closed for winter. They got snowed in and were trapped for nine days before the husband ventured out for help. He died 10 miles later.

There's only so much a GPS can do. Crossing through the mountains on shitty roads in November shouldn't need to be programmed in.
I remember that story. That was tragic. The guy should have stayed in the car. He'd have lived had he done that. The Cascades are no joke in the winter.
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