Benton residents: Despite GPS, you cannot get there from here

Benton residents: Despite GPS, you cannot get there from here
(Source: Google Maps)
(Source: Google Maps)
Bossier sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis tests GPS directions for getting to an from C&L Supply in Benton. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)
Bossier sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis tests GPS directions for getting to an from C&L Supply in Benton. (Source: Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office)

BENTON, LA (KSLA) - Following GPS devices is leading some truckers the wrong direction - and into a Benton neighborhood.

Residents tell Bossier sheriff's deputies that it happens a few times a week and that they have had to help truckers safely back out and get on their way.

One recent wrong turn, however, was a little more troublesome.

The driver was following GPS instructions when he turned his tractor-trailer rig off Old Palmetto Road and onto Aileron Circle in an attempt to get to C & L Supply Co. in the 4700 block of Palmetto Road.

The problem is, Aileron Circle is a dead-end street; and the entrance to the business is off Palmetto Drive, not through the neighborhood, Bossier sheriff's Lt. Bill Davis said.

Then the trucker's efforts to back out Friday morning didn't go quite as planned.

The truck's back tires got stuck in the muddy grass, Davis said.

Ultimately, a tow truck got the 18-wheeler back on solid ground. Deputies then escorted it to its destination.

Sheriff Julian Whittington said the episode highlights a larger issue.

"Obviously, having these large trucks drive into a residential neighborhood based on incorrect GPS information is not only a nuisance and inconvenience for the truckers and the residents, it's also a public safety issue."

Tracey Hilburn, director for Bossier Parish Communications 911 District 1 on Palmetto Road, said her office continually sends updated road data to the U.S. Census Bureau.

It then is up to the Census Bureau and GPS companies to update their data.

"Apparently, that step is not getting done in all cases," Davis said.