Banning sat-nav ‘not the answer’

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The Association of British Drivers (ABD) has criticised a survey by road safety charity Brake suggesting that certain satellite navigation devices should be banned for safety reasons.

According to the safety campaigner’s study, sat-nav systems with on-screen displays can prove a distraction and, along with car stereos and hands-free mobile phones, should be banned.

Nigel Humphries, spokesman for the ABD, condemned the burgeoning ‘ban everything’ mentality and suggested that the way forward is to better educate drivers.

"We need to teach people to recognise potential dangers and how to deal with them," Mr Humphries said.

"Countless drivers have been safely guided to an unfamiliar destination using satellite navigation, which is likely to have had an overall positive effect on road safety."

The ABD spokesman also dismissed Brake’s survey, saying that it was "potentially loaded" and "unscientific". He also criticised the organisation’s focus on items such as sat-nav devices and stereos, as motorists have to face many other distractions every day.

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