Court rejects 'GPS made me do it' argument

A man is found guilty of reckless driving after claiming that he drove down a narrow, dirt lane next to a cliff because his GPS told him to.

It appears that, strangely, some BMW drivers are actually submissive.

In what may be the first case of its kind, Robert Jones was found guilty this week of what they call in the U.K. "driving without due care and attention" for daftly following the orders of the soothing voice of his GPS when the more urgent voice attached to his brain cells might have suggested he, um, think.

You may be rendered temporarily numb, when you hear the details of this story, to discover that Jones delivers cars for a living.

You see, when Jones' GPS suggested he drive down a narrow, unpaved, cliffside lane, you might have imagined, given that he is an experienced driver, that he would have experienced a little doubt.

You might have also imagined that bears only use lavatories in large country homes.

Does the small print say, "Please disengage your brain"? CC Cpchannel/Flickr

According to the Daily Mail, Jones kept on going until his car made the intimate acquaintance of a wire fence and became stuck at the edge of a drop of some 100 feet.

The prosecutor, Waseem Raja, seemed to foster a certain glee in describing Jones' actions.

"The path was not designed for motor vehicles, yet Mr. Jones slavishly continued to follow the satnav system to the point where his eyes and his brain must have been telling him otherwise to such a degree he was not exercising proper control of the vehicle," Raja told the court.

For his part, Jones offered the court a stirringly self-aware defense: "I might have been an idiot for taking the wrong road or carrying on, but I have not driven without due care or attention."

Unfortunately, the police officer who first appeared at the scene in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, chatted with the farmer upon whose land Jones had strayed. The farmer told him he wouldn't even take his horses down the path.

Jones, however, chose to take his considerable horsepower down there because his Tom Tom stood over him in tight leather garb brandishing a whip.

Oh, when will humanity ever learn to think for itself?

 

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