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DWI incident a reminder that GPS isn’t a cure all

by GPS4US 2014-03-10 11:29

GPS can do a lot of things.

It can keep track of animals or criminals. It can let you know if your elderly loved ones are ok. It
can  help you train your dog . It can guide you through heavy terrain. It can tell you how to get to
where you need to go.

But remember, it can’t think for you.

This seems to be a bit of an issue lately. Recently, we told you about the cyclist who blamed GPS for
guiding him onto a highway. We reasoned that situation could have been mitigated had the cyclist used
first-person perception instead of following directions designed for a car.

Now we come across a much more unfortunate incident in which a drunk driver in Connecticut was pulled
over going the wrong way down an interstate off ramp.

With a blood alcohol concentration of .095, Robert How of Springfield, Mass., was clearly inebriated.
However, that didn’t stop him (Actually, it may have caused him) from blaming his GPS for the mix up.

Thankfully, no one was hurt, and Howe was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated and going
the wrong way.

The truth remains, driving drunk never works. And it has a tendency to make your GPS do weird things
(at least in your head). Further, GPS is a tool, not a mandate. It can do a lot of stuff for you, but
it doesn’t totally replace your judgment.

Then again, the Garmin HUD is pretty awesome.

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