The driver of the bus carrying the Garfield High School girls softball team that hit a brick and concrete footbridge was using a GPS navigation system that routed the tall bus under the 9-foot bridge, the charter company's president said Thursday.
Steve Abegg, president of Journey Lines in Lynnwood, said the off-the-shelf navigation unit had settings for car, motorcycle, bus or truck.
Although the unit was set for a bus, it chose a route through the Washington Park Arboretum that did not provide enough clearance for the nearly 12-foot-high vehicle, Abegg said. The driver told police he did not see the flashing lights or yellow sign posting the bridge height....
Why Neil, I would suppose in a lot of states this would happen! Especially if the weigh stations are open on the main highways. I would also add there are quite a few teen-age farm kids driving semis hauling cattle, at least in Nebraska, and I would suppose sometimes they will end up on unpaved roads. Apparently, in Great Britain, lorry drivers are exploring all sorts of roads for all sorts of reasons.
Some gps's are better than others. I like my Garmins, but no, a person is a fool, who doesn't glance up from them once-in-awhile and see what's happening on the road that they are on. [URL=http:///news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/north_yorkshire/4879026.stm]]]Drivers on edge over cliff route[/URL] or [URL=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/6959057.stm]]]Sign trial to warn sat nav trucks[/URL]. Garmins, do have a setting that will show only paved roads, at least for the U.S.A., anyway.
It just shows you how man is at the mercy of technology. All these devices are making life easier but at the expense of dumbing us down to the point of eliminating our common sense and the need to reason for ourselves. Society is dumbing down while knowledge is indcreasing (just like it's prophesized in Daniel).