CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio —The next time you use your GPS as you drive through Cuyahoga Falls, make sure you pay attention where you are going. Turning when your GPS says to may land you on the wrong side of the tracks.
“In the last couple of years, it has happened a little more often,” said Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis.
A GPS can be helpful when trying to navigate through an unfamiliar city; but, lately, some drivers are blaming their GPS for steering them wrong.
“I can actually see how that has happened,” said Cuyahoga Falls resident Robert Harte.
Drivers claim that when you drive West in Cuyahoga Falls towards the Route 8 on-ramp on Broad Blvd. the GPS tells you to turn right; when they do, they turn right onto the railroad tracks.
“Don’t just follow the GPS, use your eyes, use your senses to determine whether or not something is safe before you make the move,” said Chief Davis.
There were two accidents at this location in a two-week span. One of the incidents resulted in a car getting hit by a train.
“They are out-of-towners– a lot of the people,” said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters.
A majority of the incidents near the railroad track happen at night. Mayor Walters said the city continues to do everything it can to help drivers avoid the dreaded mistake.
“We’ve added a sign over the on-ramp which is where they are supposed to be going; we’ve added a light with more lumens right over the tracks; we are actually adding another spot and flood light over the tracks; we are adding another sign that will designate where the on-ramp is,” Mayor Walters said.
We put our GPS to the test to see if it would lead us onto the tracks. The railroad tracks are clearly marked on the screen and the arrow of where to turn is clearly beyond the railroad tracks.
“It’s a wide crossing and maybe they are just mistaking it for a roadway,” said Chief Davis.
In addition to all the changes already made, the city said trains will now be detected a mile away from the intersection and traffic lights will cycle green for anyone traveling near the tracks.