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Tell Us: GPS Leading Truckers Astray?

Sen. Schumer to regulate GPS devices to alert truckers to roads they shouldn't be on. What do you think?

Sen. Charles Schumer is proposing a federal probe into the frequency of trucks striking low bridges, particularly on parkways in the Metropolitan area.

Schumer, D-NY, has called for new federal standards for GPS devices, which Schumer says is leading truckers, many from out of state, onto roads not built for trucks.

Anyone who has listened to a traffic report in New York can understand the frustration of sitting on the Southern or Northern State, sometimes for hours, after a wayward truck slams into a low-hanging bridge. The bridges were built that way to prevent commercial vehicles from ever using the parkways.

Is there an easier way to solve this problem? 

Should the federal government be monitoring this?

Are the fines stiff enough for truck drivers and their employers who don't heed the "No Commercial Traffic" signs?

Sound off in the comments.

Robert Moretto September 25, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Stop blaming the government and the GPS! Truck drivers need to read the signs period! Fine the drivers and the companies they work for and send them the repair bill x2 then maybe these companies will train their drivers to obey the signs and stay off the phone while driving.
Robert G. Schaffrath September 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Yet another solution in search of a problem. The problem is truck drivers who are not paying attention to the road. There are plenty of signs in place already warning drivers of low bridges yet they ignore them and drive there anyway. Just because a GPS is routing a truck onto the parkway does not absolve the driver of the responsibility of reading the warning signs. Frankly I think there are more pressing issues that Senator Schumer should be working on. GPS is fine and no amount of "fixes" are going to repair stupid truck drivers who refuse to pay attention to the road signs.
D.P.R September 25, 2012 at 09:14 PM
It could help the problem,however , as previously stated, there are signs. Now do you STOP at that red octagonal sign?
Gary Schmitt September 25, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Chuck Schumer is known for jumping on any situation with a new law remedy that never goes after the ones responsible, that aside, how do you post a photo here? I have a nice shot a a tractor trailer that actually made it to Shore Rd in Sea Cliff, down the wrong way of the one-way uphill street known as Carpenter Ave. The driver ignored two large do not enter signs, but with Schumer's reasoning it's not his fault.
Micah Danney September 26, 2012 at 02:04 AM
@ Gary: there's an upload button beneath the photo in the article. Sounds like an interesting shot, we'd appreciate it.
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