Are GPS systems endangering kids?

Filed under: Work Life, Places To Go, Health & Safety: Babies, Going Green

Reader W. H. Heydt pointed me to this story about a Dutch research organization that tested a number of satellite navigation systems and found that all but one routed drivers through residential areas instead of sending them along major thoroughfares. The report labeled the systems as "kid killers."

According to the article, "the growth of satellite navigation technology has turned residential streets in cities around the world into rat runs." Instead of directing drivers to roads intended for large amounts of traffic, the systems tested sent drivers into local neighborhoods. The report urges people not to buy the systems and calls for a governmental ban.

One solution, of course, is to encourage more use of public transit whenever possible and to have more people telecommute. Still, I'm not sure there's much else we can do -- more people in more cars means more overflow from the highways onto local city streets. What do you think?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.