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US town bans satnav routes

The town of Leonia NJ has put up 'No Entry' signs to counter drivers following satnav short-cuts through residential areas.

As a response to navigation apps that re-route some of the tens of thousands of vehicles heading each morning and evening to/from the George Washington Bridge - said to be the world’s busiest at >140,000 vehicles per day - the New Jersey town has barred the use of side-roads to non-residents during the morning and evening rush-hours. Violators could face a fine of $200 (~£140, €160).

As a result of studies, local police have stated that >2,000 vehicles often pass through town from just one of 3 exits off the local interstate.

A police spokesman explained that Leonia’s traffic problems had been exacerbated as navigation apps such as Waze had exploded in popularity - they are programmed to send motorists on faster routes, not necessarily with regard for where those routes go: 'Any road that’s open can be used regardless of topography, width, whether it’s through a school zone . . sometimes I think they need to do a better job of seeing whether a road is suitable for cut-through traffic.' But he added that Waze had been 'extremely helpful and extremely cooperative' and had changed its app to reflect the road closures.

'Do Not Enter' signs have been placed on 60 roads in the town. Residents are exempt from the restrictions if they display a yellow tag - ~1,400 tags have been sent to locals.

Leonia’s plan seems to have struck a chord around the world, with major news providers queuing to talk to their officers . . their scheme could spread.

Details from the link below . .

Image from AP Photo

  • 24 January 2018
  • RIN

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