Dead zone


Locator sign, Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia

Help locator sign at covered bridge along Forbidden Drive, Philadelphia.All spring, walkers along Forbidden Drive in the Wissahickon Valley section of Fairmount Park, Philadelphia, noticed signs wrapped in dark plastic bags. Recently the bags were removed to reveal a locator system for reporting emergencies. The unveiling was timely — since then a jogger was killed by a falling branch and a rape occurred near the path. The signs instruct people to call 911 and provide the help locator number. But there may be a catch. A story by David Gambacorta in the Philadelphia Daily News notes that the area is a dead zone for cell phones and police radios, according to the cops.

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