A Garda spokesman has said that “computer nerds or people who won’t use common sense” are putting themselves in danger on Ireland’s flood-damaged roads.
He made the remark while urging motorists to stop using satellite navigation and GPS guidance systems on roads they have been diverted onto because of flooding.
Gardaí are also pleading with drivers to slow down on roads where flood waters have cleared as many motorists are still driving too fast to deal with potholes or other debris.
“We have computer nerds or people who won’t use common sense and they’re following the satellite navigation system, and it tells them to turn this way and turn that way, and they’re ignoring the road signs that An Garda Síochána and Local Authorities have agreed,” said Garda Superintendent John Ferris.
“We’ve identified a safe route. The satellite system won’t tell you how much water’s on the road, it won’t tell you what’s safe.
“So basically, it’s very simple – follow the signs.”