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Driver distracted by GPS almost hits cop

by GPS4US 2013-10-17 15:30

You’re driving down the road, and you notice you’ve programmed your GPS wrong. It happens to everyone. And your instinct is to just fix it on the fly. Keep one hand and one eye on the wheel and grab the GPS and take care of the problem.

What could possibly go wrong?

Well, a lot could go wrong, actually. Take the case of Jerry Lin, a 24-year old driver in Boston who almost swerved into a police patrol car while trying to figure out the GPS unit in his rental car.

There’s video of the incident, as you can see below, as Lin manages to avoid the cop car before darting down the road and running into a traffic cone. That’s when the cop took action, citing Lin for negligent driving, speeding and marked lanes violation.

“I was distracted by my GPS,” Lin told the Boston Herald. “I wasn’t really paying attention to my speed. I was just trying to get home. I took my eyes off for a second to look where I was going. I stepped on the break. The next thing you know I lost control of the car and, as you saw in the video, I started swerving.”

It’s easy to dismiss Lin as just a bad driver. But the truth is, we’ve all been in situations where we’re just trying to get home and the lure of shiny devices is too strong to ignore. Lin’s case just illustrates the importance of driver safety. Luckily, nobody was hurt.


One way to avoid distractions is the Garmin Head Up Display, which projects turn-by-turn directions directly onto your windshield. The HUD tells you where you’re going while you keep your eyes on the road.

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