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CavemanCharlie

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Posted: 02/28/19 02:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

GPS can be a wonderful tool. But, recently we had some instances where people were not using there head with it.

We had a big blizzard. It got bad enough that the state of MN closed down the interstates and state highways. So then some people pulled out there GPS phone things and started to look for alternative routes. If the main roads are snowed shut what would make you think that the county roads would be open? Naturally, they got stuck. Some of them went down gravel roads that had not been plowed in weeks drove at high speeds into big snowbanks and buried there cars over the roof. They then would call the towing company and get laughed at. Now, they are looking at spending the night in the car and low and behold, guess what? They have no gas, and no emergency supplies ! Then they called 911.

The county highway department had to go rescue them. They took their biggest snow plow with a big V-plow on the front and a second plow behind that to pull the first one out when it would get stuck. Then they had a pickup after that to give a place for the stranded people to ride in back to town.

It took the highway department 9 hours to rescue 12 different groups of people. None of them were local people, not one. They were all from 100's and 1000's of miles away. From St.Paul to Omaha.

I realize this is not the fault of GPS it's the fault of the people using it. I am just posting it here to blow off some steam and to give a warning to people on here.

IF THEY CLOSE THE ROAD IN A BLIZZARD DON'T TRY TO FIND A ALTERNATE ROUTE !! Stay in whatever town you are. It might suck, but, it will suck less then spending the night in your car. Plus, the people that who got their cars stuck in a snowbank are going to have to spend a lot of towing money to get it out. (up to a couple of days later) I'm not so sure they didn't get a ticket from the local police too.

One more thing. If you are going to drive around up north in the winter keep a full tank of gas and some emergency supplies in the vehicle !!! The MN State Patrol posts this all the time and yet people are still not doing it.

Sorry for the rant, I will get off of my soapbox now.

rk911

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Posted: 02/28/19 02:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I spent nearly 30-years working public safety communications & answering 9-1-1 calls. I can attest to the fact that some people will do incredibly stupid things.


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Posted: 02/28/19 02:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At C-Charlie, RIGHT ON!!
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I fully agree with you. Its not just for the safety of the traveller, but also the safety of the first responders (police, paramedics, fire, tow truck or snow plows....). They don't generally close the main roads until after the big accident 30-100+ cars)
Around here the biggest problem is 'snow streamers', bands of snow and winds coming from the north west over Lake Huron/Georgian Bay. They are about a mile wide and not predictable. 5 minutes you are driving in clear sunny conditions, then in 30 secs, you can't see the front of your car. Boom.

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Posted: 02/28/19 02:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

things like this used to take most of them out of the 'GENE POOL'

if too stupid to be safe, they did not get to 'pass it on' to another generation

common sense, is NOW "Very Uncommon"


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Campfire Time

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MrWizard wrote:



common sense, is NOW "Very Uncommon"


I really can't recall a time when it was common...


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gbopp

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Posted: 02/28/19 03:04pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Probably most of the people that followed their GPS and got their car stuck had the attitude, 'No problem I have four wheel drive.'

We can't fix stupid.

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Posted: 02/28/19 03:06pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Sometimes I only have to look in my backyard to see these morons. Despite having this sign made and hanging it on a tree next to my driveway in front of the house.......

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I still occasionally have someone drive past it into my backyard. This was just last week. He was lucky he stayed on the rock path for my tractor. It had been raining for days and that was a 2WD truck.

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Posted: 02/28/19 03:07pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As Ron White says, “you can’t fix stupid”. Unfortunately, as a Ken said, it’s not just the moron that is at risk. It’s everyone who needs to rescue them.

toedtoes

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Posted: 02/28/19 03:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It's not the GPS that's been used incorrectly. It's the common attitude of "I want it now".

Rather than wait for the roads to clear, these people insisted on "now" and as usual it backfired.

Patience is far less common than common sense.


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