Mandatory GPS (Global Positioning System)
Almost every day there is a news item about some idiot who went off into the wilderness without a GPS, without preparation, without telling anyone where he was going on when he was coming back. His disappearance triggers a massive, expensive search, where rescuers risk their lives, usually searching for him in unpleasant weather. The taxpayer gets stuck for 100% of the rescue bill, hospital bills and body recover bills.
I think it should work like this: When people want to head off into the wilderness, into unpatrolled ski areas etc. it should be mandatory for them to own or rent a GPS unit. This would have four functions:
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- Help him find his own way out if he is smart enough and responsible enough to use the unit.
- Help rescuers find him very quickly by automatic satellite tracking of his GPS position.
- For communicating during the rescue to find out just what help is needed.
- Automatically notice people in trouble for early rescue from the fact they don’t move.