People travelling from the Bay of Plenty towards Coromandel via the Kopu Bridge are being asked to pay attention to the road and not their GPS.
Thames Police are reporting a number of crashes in the area which they attribute the new road layout not being on some GPS systems used in cars.
The old Kopu Bridge. Photo: Google Maps.
Thames Police posted the following statement on their Facebook page this morning:
“To in vehicle GPS users – If you are traveling South coming off the Kopu bridge follow the Big black tar sealed thing in front of you which is called a road. Don’t follow the little line on your GPS which is not in the real world and will cause you to drive off the real road and crash. The road network at Kopu has changed recently and most GPS maps have yet to be updated. We’ve already had a number of crashes causes by this, with drivers stating, “But my GPS said turn left now!”
A new two lane bridge has been recently built and sits parallel to the old Kopu bridge.
Police ask motorists to drive with caution until GPS systems are updated and until people get used to the new road layout.