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SatNav Error Driver Sentenced


Article by: rob brady
Date: 28 Aug 2013

pocketgpsworld.com
Following on from our story of earlier this month "SatNav Error Blamed For Cyclist's Death", motorist Steven Conlan has been sentenced.

Conlan hit and killed cyclist, 55-year-old Grahame McGregor.

Conlan placed the blame on his satnav saying that it recalibrated itself just before the crossroads where the incident occurred having given a wrong instruction and then it failed to register the upcoming junction.

The District Judge, Roger Elsey, apparently agreed with the defendant, saying the tragedy would not have happened if the satnav was switched off. This would appear to put the blame, at least partially, on the satnav.

Nevertheless, perhaps unsurprisingly, the judge accepted the driver was ultimately at fault and sentenced Conlan to a 12-month community penalty comprising 240 hours of unpaid work. He was also banned from driving for two years.

The court heard that Conlan was of good character, behaved responsibly following the accident and had shown genuine remorse.

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Posted by sussamb on Wed Aug 28, 2013 7:00 pm Reply with quote

Not enough IMO. Should have had time in prison, not just a driving ban Twisted Evil


Where there's a will ... there's a way.

 
Posted by lenfish on Wed Aug 28, 2013 9:18 pm Reply with quote

"The District Judge, Roger Elsey, apparently agreed with the defendant, saying the tragedy would not have happened if the satnav was switched off".

A bit like saying an air crash wouldn't have happened if the aircraft had not been in the air.

I sometimes wonder about our esteemed judiciary and which planet they are on/from. Definitely not planet earth.

Regards,

Len


 
Posted by DEANO3528 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 11:12 am Reply with quote

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Sat Nav... having given a wrong instruction and then it failed to register the upcoming junction


I didn't realise you could do an 'Instruments Only' driving test now. I still tend to use 'visual driving rules' myself. When are people going to stop blaming everything else for their own bad driving?


 
Posted by IanS100 on Sun Sep 01, 2013 12:11 pm Reply with quote

DEANO3528 Wrote:
Quote:
Sat Nav... having given a wrong instruction and then it failed to register the upcoming junction


I didn't realise you could do an 'Instruments Only' driving test now. I still tend to use 'visual driving rules' myself. When are people going to stop blaming everything else for their own bad driving?


I'm off to Scotland shortly, maybe I should give the 'Instruments Only' approach a try, I certainly can't be done for speeding if I can't see the instruments Rolling Eyes


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