Driver Follows GPS To Disused Bridge; Wife Dies
He was paying more attention to the tracking system than to the road.
The Cline Bridge in Indiana has been closed since 2009.
There are, police say, numerous warning signs and barricades telling drivers that the ramp leading onto it is closed.
However, 64-year-old Iftikhar Hussain allegedly drove a car, in which his wife was a passenger, onto the bridge ramp.
The car then plunged 37 feet off the now-demolished bridge. A police investigator told the Times of Munster that the driver had been too focused on his GPS navigation system to look where he was going.
Hussain survived, but his 51-year-old wife, Zohra, was killed.
rg9rts April 4th, 2015 at 1:28 pm
The benefits of distracted driving
bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 1:51 pm
I can hardly wait for driverless cars guided by Google street view to hit the roads!
CHOCOL8MILK April 4th, 2015 at 6:34 pm
Especially when there are overnight detours set up because of construction/repairs/floods.
bluejayray April 4th, 2015 at 8:57 pm
I wonder how often they will be updating?… I’m going to watch from a distance.
Budda April 4th, 2015 at 2:35 pm
Dwendt44 April 4th, 2015 at 2:45 pm
The GPS systems in autos are expensive to update. The hand held or aftermarket ones update for free. My GM truck doesn’t get all the way to its destination, a few hundred feet short some of the time. It also doesn’t get the side of the street correct either.
Sadly it often a part of a ‘package’ of options you can’t get separately.
Apocalypse April 4th, 2015 at 2:47 pm
Looking at your GPS while driving can make you misspell your tweets.
Talibandrew Breitbot April 4th, 2015 at 3:27 pm
That gives a whole new meaning to the term “Bridge to Nowhere”!
fancypants April 4th, 2015 at 7:58 pm
to some people
The GPS is always right & the disclaimer has nothing to do with how you use it
arc99 April 4th, 2015 at 10:16 pm
I do not use GPS to find things when I travel, and I never will.
Back in 1967, I was in 9th grade. In my junior high geography class, the teacher wrote the names of a number of different American cities on separate slips of paper and put the slips of paper into a box.
Each person in my class was then told to pull one piece of paper from the box. The homework assignment consisted of using maps provided by the teacher and write explicit directions from our personal home address to the city limits of the city named on the piece of paper we selected. Mine was Houston Texas. I had to write down by hand, all the twists and turns from Washington DC to Houston, using the map she had given us.
As an adult, I have relied exclusively on AAA roadmaps when I need to take a long trip. Yes, I do use google maps on on occasion. But that is for local day trips when my agenda includes a local destination I am not familiar with.
I guess every generation has these fretful moments when they wonder how subsequent generations will cope, given ever diminishing skills in basic responsibilities of day to day life. Quite likely, as the new horseless carriage became more popular in the first decade of the 20th century, there were fogies like me fretting that no one knew how to shoe a horse properly. I get that. Technology changes society.
Still, I cannot avoid the conclusion that as a society, with driverless automobiles just a decade away, and many if not most motorists now relying on GPS instead of the basic ability to read a map, we are slowly but surely being dumbed down.
bluejayray April 5th, 2015 at 12:22 am
I agree completely. I don’t even listen to the radio. I drive a 20 year old Geo Metro with hand crank windows and a stick shift. I hope I can find something as simple when I have too. If not, I will be having a lot of things disconnected as soon as possible. Just because we CAN do something doesn’t mean that we need it. And my #1 pet peeve–the remote key fobs that make the horn honk to let everyone in a quarter mile radius know that the proud owner has locked or unlocked their doors. The person who invented that should be made to sit on top of a very tall ladder in the middle of a very busy parking lot for a day or two without hearing protection.
Bob Cronos April 5th, 2015 at 12:41 am
Can’t wait for self driving cars…
Warman1138 April 5th, 2015 at 4:01 am
Reminds of a scene from the movie ” Idiocracy ”.
fahvel April 5th, 2015 at 6:45 am
all your comments below appear to be trying to be amusing but::::: the poor woman is dead!!