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TREACHEROUS GOING

GPS blamed for surge in runaway trucks in small Arkansas town

Drivers follow GPS onto Arkansas 43

By Bill Bowden

This article was published January 2, 2017 at 5:45 a.m.

Map showing the location of Ponca, Arkansas



Armed with GPS technology, truck drivers have been barreling through a rugged section of the Ozark Mountains, burning up brakes and occasionally bouncing off bluffs or rolling into a ditch.



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Print Headline: Steep drop, big curves at Ponca stun truckers

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treatd says... January 2, 2017 at 8:28 a.m.

The town of Leslie has also seen a lot of big truck problems due to the driver's over-reliance on GPS.

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HarleyOwner says... January 2, 2017 at 11:35 a.m.

Arkansa is real negligent in posting signs telling the truck driver the percentage of the grade. The higher the number, the steeper the grade.

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HawgJockey says... January 2, 2017 at 11:39 a.m.

What a response from AHTD! Don't worry, they'll get around to sometime this year! What about all those portable flashing signs? How long does it take to make a sign?

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RBBrittain says... January 2, 2017 at 12:25 p.m.

Truckers driving regularly thru Newton County oughta know better than to use this route, GPS or otherwise. Highway 7 south of Jasper is a nail-biter for folks like me driving ordinary passenger cars -- and that's the primary truck route thru the county. As far as the rest, AHTD needs to come up with some kind of sign to keep trucks away -- even if it has to be posted as far away as Harrison -- and make sure all the various mapping providers (not just Google) are aware of it.

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Jfish says... January 2, 2017 at 12:55 p.m.

Well said RB, I would think anyone driving through the Ozarks would know that there are going to be some pretty steep grades somewhere along the line.

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BEARTRAP919 says... January 2, 2017 at 1:03 p.m.

THE ATHD is at fault here, and they should wake up and post signs in the Appropriate Places so Truckers can avoid these Treacherous Roads, The Life they save may be Yours,
Arkansas has some of the Most Treacherous Roads in America, Out of State Truckers have no Idea about the dangerous roads they are entering, Save a Life where you can, Truck Driving Schools do not teach you enough about what to do when these things come together,

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AuntPetunia says... January 2, 2017 at 1:23 p.m.

My GPS led me to a road that eventually became unpaved! Creepy in the middle of the night. Had to turn around and look at an actual map!

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LR1955 says... January 2, 2017 at 7:08 p.m.

You can not rely 100% on GPSs, their output info varies hugely between manufacturers.GPSs for roads do not have topographic maps, which would help the truckers.I remember my first trip to Centerville Drag Strip south of Russellville, across the AR River. I drove there by way of interstate and thru R'ville. When the racing was over, I thought I'd give my new GPS a try, see if there was a "better way" home in LR. There was, short cut to Hwy 10. After about 15-20 ( same as if I'd gone back to the interstate) I find myself climbing the back side of Petit Jean Mtn. Steep, curvy, and deer at every corner. I shoulda known better.

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1961Feegis says... January 3, 2017 at 10:35 a.m.

The trucking industry is struggling to hire and keep good drivers. It's possible these drivers have very little experience and it's more likely that they do no trip planning and logistics on their own before making the trip relying solely on electronic navigation. Some places where the Highway Department has posted more than adequate signage, trucks continue anyway and you wonder if those drivers can even read. Due diligence.

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