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Old 10-19-2009, 10:44 PM
Location: Michigan
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ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state wants to crack down on truckers who rely on satellite devices to direct them onto faster but prohibited routes and end up crashing into overpasses that are too low for their rigs.

Gov. David Paterson on Wednesday proposed penalties including jail time and confiscation of trucks to come down on drivers who use GPS — global positioning systems — to take more hazardous routes and end up striking bridges.

GPS Causing Truckers to Crash Into Bridges - Auto - FOXNews.com
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:48 PM
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Wow, that's interesting I didn't see that one coming. But what is weird is that the other day I looked up at an 18 wheeler as I was passing it and the guy had a nice gps setup right there in the corner on the window. And I thought to myself "that's probably really useful for the distance they travel". I guess it's not so smart of an idea for urban driving where there's alot of bridges and such.
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Old 10-19-2009, 10:55 PM
Location: Memphis, Tn ~ U.S.A.
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I'm sorry, but thats funny
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:01 PM
Location: Chicago- Hyde Park
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lol I saw this happen last week-
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Old 10-19-2009, 11:16 PM
Location: Chicago
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So John, what's your take on the proposed legislation?
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Old 10-20-2009, 06:11 AM
Location: Metro Washington DC
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They're saying it's not fair to require truckers to have proper GPS systems.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:28 AM
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Sounds like there's a market for a truck-based GPS system loaded with truck approved roads. Cha Ching!
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:43 AM
Location: West Michigan
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GPS causing truckers to hit bridges??? What???

Did the GPS units also take out all the traffic signs and overpass height signs? This is nothing more than pointing a finger at a inanimate object as a result of lazy habits and bad driving. Last I checked you can still take a different route no matter what the GPS says if you should happen to actually read a road sign that prohibits your vehicle from traveling on it, or an overpass with too low of clearance. I fail to see why you would need stiffer fines and punishment for truckers who are using GPS units and have an accident, over those who have an accident and NOT have a GPS unit. Fine and punish each the same.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:56 AM
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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It is a problem in Westchester County, especially, where trucks are trying to avoid traffic on I-95 and 87. Connecticut has a similar issue on the Merritt Parkway. The problem is that the operator does not read the sign that clearly states commercial traffic (regardless of size) is prohibited from parkways, which causes a bridge strike and a corresponding traffic delay for other motorists.

I am for the parts of the bill that increase penalties, especially for subsequent offenses, and assigns clean-up/restoration costs to the carrier's insurance company as would be the case with most other sorts of accidents. I do not think that trucking companies should be required to go to extra expense solely for the benefit of NYS, however, especially if they do not need GPS for their particular operation.

If the operator uses GPS, they need to be aware of the signs that prohibit certain routes, since none of them are newly prohibited. Blaming the technology for operator error does not remove responsibility from the operator, since a professional should know better than to trust anything about their truck to "auto pilot" mode where they become the set of hands that enacts the computer's wishes.
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Old 10-20-2009, 07:58 AM
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I agree with Bydand. Knowing your route and all the bridge clearences as well as how tall your truck is are all part of commercial driving. Pay attention out there.
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