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SatNav blamed but alcohol the real cause in car on tracks


pocketgpsworld.comMust be a slow news day as the papers report another 'SatNav to blame for idiot driver' news item.

This one comes courtesy of The Telegraph who report the case of Satlegh Mohammadi who drove his Fiesta onto the main Doncaster to Hull line.

Mohammadi claimed his SatNav was to blame for instructing him to turn onto the tracks but a court was told that he had been drinking at the time of the incident and had been arrested at the scene by Police Officers although the subsequent test measured him as just below the drink-drive limit.

Mohammadi was banned for 20 months and given a 12 month community order plus 60 costs.

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Posted by NickG on Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:35 pm Reply with quote

> measured him as just below the drink-drive limit.

So alcohol almost definitely NOT the cause then despite the article title?! You'd have to be several times over the limit to be so confused that you turn onto a railway without any other prompting. Some tests have shown that proven that some people react to satnav instructions almost in the same way they react to instructions under hypnosis. That's far more likely to be the cause than a glass of wine.

There have been cases where people have followed completely stupid instructions while totally sober, such as driving a HGV down a narrow cliff-edge path designed only for pedestrian access (an Argos van if I recall correctly). I don't think you need alcohol for people to make stupid mistakes when following sat-nav Smile


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Posted by M8TJT on Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:47 pm Reply with quote

NickG Wrote:
I don't think you need alcohol for people to make stupid mistakes when following sat-nav Smile

But surely it must help Shocked


 
Posted by NickG on Tue Mar 17, 2009 7:54 pm Reply with quote

M8TJT Wrote:
But surely it must help Shocked

I seem to make enough mistakes without Smile


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Posted by Steveee on Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:10 pm Reply with quote

Did anyone ask if he was using a TomTom suffering from stuttering and GPS lag. Wink

That would be a reason for turning too late or misunderstanding the instructions. Rolling Eyes


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Posted by DennisN on Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:17 pm Reply with quote

Blimey Darren! Are you seriously presenting that as a genuine photo of the incident?

I wish I could create stuff like that, (although I'd have made it a car with a can of lager displayed as a roof decoration, bit like those Red Bull cars).


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Posted by Darren on Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:25 pm Reply with quote

DennisN Wrote:
Blimey Darren! Are you seriously presenting that as a genuine photo of the incident?

I wish I could create stuff like that, (although I'd have made it a car with a can of lager displayed as a roof decoration, bit like those Red Bull cars).

No, it's a quick photoshop jobbie Smile But I like your idea better Smile Next time I'll be asking you for an theme!


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Posted by DennisN on Tue Mar 17, 2009 10:33 pm Reply with quote

Next time I shall have reverted to brainless old git!


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Posted by mike170469 on Wed Mar 18, 2009 11:25 am Reply with quote

News Team Wrote:
'SatNav to blame for idiot driver'


Exclamation PUT YOUR HAND IN THE FIRE Exclamation

That what my Mum use to say if I said "But Mum Bobby said..."
Mum would Say " If Bobby told you to put your hand in the fire would you?"

Laughing we all know if the Sat Nav tell's us to do something we don't have to.

I would have to be blindfolded to do something like drive on the railway Evil or Very Mad

and why do HGV drivers alway get brought into the Sat Nav told me to do it arguement Twisted Evil

YES I do make mastskes Shocked Lots off them Embarassed

Driving for Somerfield some off the shops are in houseing estates or down a road that has a 7.5 tons limint

where you would not take a artic even if your sat nav tell you to Rolling Eyes

Are we all in agreement that Sat Nav and BAD driving are not the same thing as most people seem to think Razz


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