GPS made her do it

A woman from Port Alberni learned the hard way that a car GPS isn't always right after colliding with a truck near Ashcroft.

Aug. 28 at 5 pm police were called to a two vehicle collision on Hwy 99 near Hat Creek Ranch after a westbound 2007 Honda Odyssey attempting a U-turn was clipped by a dump truck. No one was injured. The driver of the Odyssey, a 51 year old Port Alberni woman, was following GPS instructions to get to Vancouver. She said first it told her to turn onto Hwy 99 from Hwy 97, and then it told her to turn around and go back. She was issued a ticket for making an unsafe U-turn and her vehicle was towed for repairs. The dump truck was undamaged.

Police say this is a common problem with southbound traffic relying on GPS to get them to Vancouver because Hwy 99 is full of curves, which, at certain points, takes the driver further away from Vancouver. At those points the GPS re-directs them back to Hwy 97 towards the Fraser Canyon, which it deems closer to Vancouver.

— Ashcroft Cache Creek Journal

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