Car, stuck on LIRR tracks, catches fire in today's Newsday. See http://www.newsday.com/long-island/nassau/car-stuck-on-lirr-...
"At 11:45 p.m., a woman turned her car onto the tracks, later telling police that she was following the audio instructions of her GPS device, Nassau County police said."
Instead of Jack or Jill she was probably using the devilish voice of Mayhem.
how people can be so stupid at times.
I believe this is known as 'disguising a screw up'...
I've never heard a GPS say "Turn right onto railroad tracks now".
She's lying to save her own bacon.
The other day they were trying to make a case about single cup coffee makers splashing hot water on stupid people. If this catches on your GPS will have a program to only function when not moving.
The gubbermint will take care ub ussen's
I think not, the blame has to fall on the ignorant owner of the GPS which obviously has no common sense.
Another driver who shouldn't be allow to drive. No brains what so ever!
Stupid is as stupid does !
I've never heard a GPS say "Turn right onto railroad tracks now".
That's because by GPS, she means the voice in her head.
In addition to mandating rear facing cameras, maybe the govt needs to mandate forward facing ones as well so we can see where we are going
What amaze me is that idiocy of "journalist" seems to be growing. Stupidity now is raised to something worth mentioning as "news". And of course "she was made to do it".
As for my opinion she should be made responsible for all damages she made. It's that simple. If she has problem with keeping car on the road maybe her license should be revoked. Next time she may kill somebody, when she will me "made" to drive on sidewalk.
She probably jumped off the school building as a kid, because they told her to. LOL
Just proves, some people have no right being behind the wheel. I wish the DMV would go back to driving is a privilege and not a right and require people to know how to drive before giving them a license. That one move would save thousands of lives annually.
Just amazes me sometimes on how stupid people can be . For sure the
gps did not make her stop on the tracks
Talk about stupid...I think Jack Daniels may have helped her make that decision...LOL
All those that mentioned Allstate's "mayhem" really cracked me up. How true. The first time I ever used a GPS it did sound kind of like an order from above, but you have to say no way. LOL.
Borne stupid, live stupid, die stupid.
Even more so if her insurance is with Allstate.
I know that intersection in Farmingdale as I cross it at least once a week. There are small shopping centers there as well as a side street nearby. But frankly you have to be completely out of it to just blindly make a turn onto the tracks. You would think the rails and crossing gates would be a dead giveaway that it was not a street. I gather she must have been driving IFR instead of VFR
Seems like the the GPS manufacturers could do us all a favor and cull the herd...
Simple enough it seems. Turning down railroad tracks or off a cliff? You fail and win your Darwin Award... Turn down the street right next to the railroad tracks instead of getting zapped by the 600 volt third rail? You pass and live to reproduce...
The gal probably didn’t stop at stop signs either, just because the GPS didn’t tell her to! I remember when I got my very first GPS – I heard the story of an older couple that drove their car into a lake just because the GPS didn’t tell them to wait for the ferry!
You Can't Fix Stupid!!
...How did it then run into the 3rd rail?
"The Honda Civic became stuck on the tracks, ran into the electrified third rail and caught fire,"
Maybe the reporter was taking directions from a GPS ??
If she told me that I would have to challenge her on her statement. I would most definitely find out where she was navigating from and to. Make her look even more stupid when she is caught in a lie.
She seems to have already passed the test for stupidity. Just for the heck of it probably wouldn't hurt to get her an eye test, oh yeah, a sobriety test!
What a moron! She'll probably sue the manufacturer of the GPSr though.
Just because the dumb reporter bought the story doesn’t mean the fuzz did.
Assuming the GPS told her to turn unto the track she has the ultimate responsibility when behind the wheel, as far as I know no GPSr has ever been taking to jail for causing an accident.
Dahh! Brain not fireing on all cylinders. Some people will lay blame anywhere but on themselves.
Some people have no common sense when using electronic devices!
It's the amps. -Gregory Hines in "Running Scared"
Of course you are correct. But down in Kentucky my 2720 once thought someone's driveway was a street and told me to turn right onto it. And the path it thought was a street continued past the driveway, through a few yards of grass then over a set of railroad tracks that could have easily hung up anything smaller than an SUV.
If that caught someone with bad eyesight and/or compromised cognitive function at night it could be a Very Bad Thing.
"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."
--Robert A. Heinlein
the machine made me do it ...
Have to say... I agree with you. Easy to just say she's stupid, like so many have done. I am far from stupid, but I know that on rainy nights, in an unfamiliar area, it is sometimes hard to see exactly where my Zumo wants me to turn. Just sayin
I wonder, what would these people blame if they didn't have GPS and drove down the tracks? I still believe we need to look out the windshield every now and again when driving.
Could this be a case of Natural Selection ?
If they didn't have GPS they might not have driven down the tracks. We just have a bit too much confidence in technology.
If you have a passenger and they tell you to do something stupid you can blame the passenger. In this case the little box in the window gets the blame. And yeah, sometimes it's difficult to make the judgement call quickly. Many times I've had my wife yell to make a turn or an exit and sonofagun, I do it. Then yell back at her if the instruction was wrong.
The difference is, when she tells me to do something it's just something that will get us lost or delayed, not killed.
If you had maps you'd be driving looking blindly for your next turn. With the GPS you have this box that tells you exactly where it thinks that turn is, with a countdown and everything. In my case in Kentucky, there was no identifiable roadway for a mile or more in either direction. It's not like confusing a driveway and an access road that were parallel. Luckily it was daytime and there was no issue. If it was night time on a dark country road I could easily see myself wondering why someone built their house so close to the roadway and why those dogs are chasing me!
Of course maps can be wrong too. They all get their data from the same place. Sometimes the city planning folks are a bit out of synch with reality and offer up map info based on things that don't exist yet, and may never exist. So who knows, maybe if I go back to that spot in Kentucky in ten years that house may be replaced by a road.
Perhaps she should take some responsibility for following obviously erroneous instructions.
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