Pokémon Go is an augmented reality smartphone game that allows players to collect characters, battle other users, and gain levels. The app accesses users’ geolocations to determine when they are near a PokéStop so they can collect more items to use in the game.
While the game is incredibly fun and addicting (we may or may not have tried it out for ourselves) it also raises many concerns, particularly for parents. Many people are using the game in ways that are highly dangerous, such as walking around alone at night, not watching where they are stepping, and worst of all: Pokémoning and driving.
The Driving Dangers of Pokémon Go
As we have written about before, distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. We didn’t think it could get worse than texting and driving, but playing Pokémon while driving is even more dangerous. The Pokémon app is so popular that it has become an issue for law enforcement officials. Users have been witnessed swerving between lanes, driving at the wrong speeds, and even stopping in the middle of the road to play the game.
The game requires both hands and your full attention. It is constantly changing so you can never look away from your device. Thankfully, the game will not work if you are traveling at more than 20 miles per hour.
Other Dangers of Pokémon Go
The app is not just unsafe for driving, it’s also dangerous for pedestrians and anyone out on their own. Looking at phones while walking is extremely dangerous and can result in personal injury. We have heard of kids running onto the interstate and people . Another safety risk is playing on your own at night or walking alone to unfamiliar places. Our local news recently covered a where armed robbers in Missouri led unknowing victims to their trap. If you’re playing, stay with a group and make sure only to go to lit public areas.
How to Avoid Pokémon Go Accidents and Dangers By Playing Safe:
- Don’t Pokémon and drive; it can result in fines or injury.
- If walking, biking, or skateboarding, keep your eyes focused on the sidewalk/road.
- Play as a group and follow these . If you play safe and together, it is a lot of fun for the whole family.
We understand that there are positive aspects of the game: it encourages people to get outside, make new friends, and have fun. But we urge you to put the game away while driving, and play safely.
If you or someone you know has been injured by a distracted driver in a car accident, our personal injury attorneys can guide you with a legal claim. Contact Chassaniol & Marty, LLC today to schedule a free consultation at 636-486-4861, or fill out our contact form.