By Pendergast Law on August 15, 2016
PokÃ©mon Go is the current craze sweeping the entire world, from Seattle, Washington to Tokyo, Japan. Designed by Niantic after a successful franchise involving a television show, video games, and trading cards, the app seeks to revitalize interest in hunting and collecting rare animals known as PokÃ©mon, evolving them, and then battling other PokÃ©mon at locations known as gyms.
PokÃ©mon Go is, in some respects, an ingenious phone app that seeks to encourage children this summer to get off of their couches and go outside. Many players have lauded the app as helping them lose weight by walking long distances, and others have expressed that the app helped them explore sites and monuments that they never knew existed. With that said, many players have recently realized that they can catch more PokÃ©mon while driving and have thus taken to the roads, staring intently at their phones instead of the road.
The Dangers of Driving and PokÃ©mon Go
The PokÃ©mon Go app strategically places PokÃ©mon throughout the city of Seattle, forcing Seattle residents to travel in order to catch the PokÃ©mon. In addition, the app places Poke’ stops, which are locations where you can fuel up on supplies, throughout the city. Furthermore, the app gives players eggs that can be hatched by walking a required distance. Drivers have discovered that they can more quickly catch PokÃ©mon, visit Poke’ stops, and hatch eggs if they drive instead of walk.
Unfortunately, this leads to a large number of distracted drivers who are more focused on catching a rare Charmander than braking for a pedestrian crossing the street. As such, the PokÃ©mon Go app has led to an increased number of accidents due to distracted drivers.
In July, one PokÃ©mon Go player was slowly cruising down a street while playing in the app. He was not looking up and ended up colliding with a parked police car. Several police officers were standing next to the vehicle, wearing body cameras. The accident was caught on camera, and the driver was unable to escape.
In another incident, a driver was distracted by trying to catch a PokÃ©mon, swerved off of the road during the late evening, and crashed into a tree. Though he was not seriously injured, his car was totaled. The man admitted to police officers that he was playing the game while driving.
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