GPS or Global Positioning System devices are now fully integrated into smartphones and vehicles. Using these devices has made it possible to get to far away destinations without the use of a road map or atlas. However, they aren’t perfect. Like any other form of distracted driving, GPS devices can take your eyes off the road and cause accidents.
One such accident along Pacific Coast Highway was reported on the Patch.com website. The crash left a woman injured just last week.
San Diego Police Department investigators say the accident happened on Tuesday, April 23rd at approximately 9:30 p.m. in the area around Mission Hills. A woman was riding an electric motor scooter and looked down at the map on her GPS device. In the moments that she took her eyes off of the road, she crashed her vehicle. This happened in the 4100 blocks of Pacific Coast Highway near Interstate 5.
A spokesperson for the San Diego Police Department, Officer John Buttle said in a statement that the 46-year-old woman was traveling on PCH when she looked down at her GPS device. She lost control of her vehicle and crashed. She was transported to an area hospital for treatment for a broken femur. Her injuries are not considered life-threatening, but authorities say her injuries will require “extensive surgery”.
Police investigators have determined that the woman was not intoxicated by alcohol or drugs at the time of the accident.