Although British novelists traditionally use the moors as backdrops for murder mysteries, England's North Yorkshire Moors are suddenly developing a reputation for stranding motorists.
Tourists are starting to avoid the area around the Royal Air Force Flyingdales air base, an early warning radar site that the British government has offered to tie into the US "Star Wars" national missile defense program.
A number of motorists have been unable to move in recent months because the beams of radar from Flyingdales are triggering their car alarms and car immobilizers, which operate on the same frequency. Drivers of BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Toyota cars have had to be towed out of range of the base before they could restart their cars.
"I have gotten stuck there three times in less than two weeks," says delivery man Frank Doyle.
RAC, the British motoring organization, says that, because of European Union "harmonization," a narrow band of frequencies are available to ham radio operators, radio-controlled toy car enthusiasts, television remote controls and car manufacturers -- as well as the military.