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Schumer blames GPS devices for low-bridge strikes, calls for investigation

October 3, 2012

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Washington – The Department of Transportation needs to investigate the increase of low-bridge strikes by commercial trucks across New York State, as well as issue federal standards for the use of GPS devices in trucks, according to Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY).

In a Sept. 24 letter sent to Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Schumer said GPS devices are directing truckers onto roads that have low overpasses. He cited a 2009 study that found about 80 percent of low-bridge strikes in New York State are linked to the misuse of GPS devices.

Schumer commented that low-bridge strikes affect the safety of truck drivers and commuters and contribute to an increased risk of catastrophe if the truck is transporting hazardous materials.

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