Lets all follow the GPS, and to damn with situational awareness

Driver turns into a one way street, the wrong way, and it’s the fault of the GPS:

… Unfortunately, police said, drivers use devices almost like a Bible and listen to their directions, word for word. Police said drivers need to be very careful, always be aware of their surroundings, and don’t totally rely on technology.

Dunmore police said the crash happened near the intersection of Route 435 and Drinker Turnpike in Dunmore. Police said around 5 p.m. on Monday, Robyn Oelke, 27, of Kingston pulled up to a stop sign in her car, looking to go south on Route 435.

Police said Oelke’s GPS told her to make a right, even though there are nine signs telling drivers, "Do Not Enter" and "You Are Going the Wrong Way."

Oelke told police she didn’t see those signs, and made the right-hand turn into oncoming traffic. That’s when Michael Mastillo, 39, of Roaring Brook Township, was coming northbound on Route 435 and slammed right into Oelke head on. …

But not just drivers taking the word of the GPS, and to damn with what the outside world is telling them.  From to this article in the Jan-Feb 2011 edition of Flight Safety Australia ("Mixed Blessings")

… There is a strong perception among general aviation trainers that some private and commercial pilots are letting GPS do what they should be doing – or should at least be aware of – themselves.

‘If there is a crisis in flight planning, then it’s GPS that’s the culprit,’ a chief flying instructor (CFI) with a university-linked flying training organisation says.

Another CFI mentioned being in outback Queensland, and talking to the pilot of a light twin who had flown there from the east coast with no charts, relying instead on a GPS receiver. ‘He was only a battery failure away from being totally lost,’ the appalled instructor said. …

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