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Do you depend on your GPS – Train hits car led astray by GPS [Poll]

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I had gotten my wife a GPS a couple of Christmases ago. Her sense of direction is horrible, so one day I tried to hook it up for her.

It was more of a pain in the ass to get it to work, and then find a destination, that I just gave up on it.

So anytime she needs to go anywhere, or for that matter, any time I need to go anywhere, I never bother with inboard navigation.

For some reason, I have a bugaboo about them. It’s like a good many times they lead you astray.

That’s what happened to one driver in Clifton who was led to some active train tracks – only to get hit by a train.

The driver escaped injury, but the car didn’t, and to add insult to injury, the driver was given a summons for careless driving.

How’s that for depending on your GPS?

According to the story:

A NJ Transit train struck a Volvo in Clifton on Wednesday after a woman — misdirected by her GPS— drove and got stuck on the tracks, agency officials said.

Jill Bacharach, 46, of Little Falls, drove into a construction area near Old River Road and Route 3, tried to drive over train tracks, became stuck and got out of her car, said New Jersey Transit spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

At 10:30 p.m., the engineer of a Port Jervis-bound train spotted the car, but he was unable to stop before striking the vehicle, Snyder said.

No one was injured in the crash, but Bacharach’s vehicle was totaled.

A preliminary investigation of the incident indicates that Bacharach followed her GPS into a construction area about half a mile east of the NJ Transit train station in Clifton, Snyder said.

Bacharach was issued a summons for reckless driving.

Of course, the GPS can’t get the summons, so the driver has to, as she had to know she was going the wrong way.

But as I said, I’m not a fan. That’s why I keep atlases with me at all times.

I know – old school – but I never worry about driving off a cliff.

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