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Driver follows satnav directions - car totalled

The Local · 7 Aug 2012, 15:15

Published: 07 Aug 2012 15:15 GMT+02:00

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Obediently following his Satnav's instructions, the 47-year-old turned into a road in the small town of Schmiedefeld in the eastern German state of Thuringia.

Ignoring two warning signs - which unfortunately were placed on the side of the road, rather than in a shiny new leather holder on his dashboard - he crashed straight through a barrier and into some road works.

"He just drove into the site," a police spokeswoman told The Local. "He said he was looking at his satnav."

The car was so seriously damaged that it had to be towed. And the man will almost certainly have to foot the bill.

"He'll have to pay for the damage to the site," she added. "And I don't think the insurance will pay. They'll say it was negligent driving."

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18:05 August 7, 2012 by lucksi
Wrong generation for the "I was just following orders" excuse.

And I am looking forward to the banning of GPS devices, as they distract from driving. Same as cellphones. Or in other words, some tards ruining it for the rest of us.
18:10 August 7, 2012 by Jerr-Berlin
Nuernberg Trials revisited eh
20:21 August 7, 2012 by Simon_Kellett
Didn't he just confess to driving without due care and attention? Shouldn't the police prosecute him? Do the *have* to prosecute if someone confesses?
22:13 August 7, 2012 by wood artist

In the old days we used to call that "street justice" and the police just stood back and figured they wouldn't pile on.

I suspect the police still take the same approach unless someone was injured, but I think we need a new term. "GPS justice" might work, but it doesn't have the same ring to it. We'll have to think about what we should call it. I think I'll ponder that while I'm out driving today...while I'm watching the road to see that's it's really there.

22:45 August 7, 2012 by catjones
We often see drivers in tears. Sometimes tears of joy. Sometimes tears of sorrow. We can identify with all of them. Driving your whole life and getting injured or falling just short of the goal is heartbreaking.

Unfortunately, these are people just like the rest of us, and we don't really allow them the luxury of being human. We've all "failed" at some point, and we have more freedom because we didn't do it on the Local stage, with accident saved on the web.

These satnav drivers do make mistakes, and drivers can have spectacular accidents.

This driver has undoubtedly driven a long time to get to this point, and we can all share his frustration. A public meltdown is probably not a good thing, but...let's think about how we might react. At some point we need to allow these satnav folks to be humans too.
10:43 August 8, 2012 by michael4096
One of the things I notice about the roadworks here, particularly in the rural areas, is that if it is possible the road workers do allow for local cars to traverse the sites out of hours. They usually leave the signs up presumably to cover themselves but they move the barricades slightly aside. Of course, locals wouldn't be watching satnav and would be looking for enormous craters but I could imagine it causing confusion.

Not that that excuses anything.
16:25 August 8, 2012 by raandy
This person is a meltdown. Who goes thru signs clearly marking a construction site and totals his car, response "I was following orders" take this morons drivers licence away.

I use a navigator here in Berlin, and find it very useful,especially in getting into the proper lane for an upcoming turn.My children are often going over to friends and finding their place is much easier with the sat/nav then with a stadtplan.

With any device a person is in control , not the other way around as in this case.
03:38 August 31, 2012 by sally#
Satnav is only an accessory equipment when driving. And the drivers are the masters, not the robots who just follow the instructions without self-thinking.Believing blindly is as mindless as believing in nothing.
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