Before deciding to get behind the wheel and spend the day searching for Pikachu and Jigglypuff, come learn how you may be putting yourself and others at risk.

When “Catching Them All” Leads to a Car Accident Catastrophe


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9/21/2016
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Person using smartphone behind the wheel of a carCollecting Pokémon on your phone through the Pokémon GO app may seem like safe and easy fun, but when you focus more on catching a Charizard than you do on the road ahead, you can put yourself and others at serious risk.

Fictitious Creatures Cause Real-World Distraction

Driving while distracted has become one of the most common causes of traffic accidents in the United States. According to distraction.gov, the official government website for distracted driving, 3,179 people were fatally injured as a result of drivers being distracted and causing a collision. Every year thousands are killed and hundreds of thousands are injured all because drivers can’t keep their focus on the road and surrounding traffic. Between talking, texting, and updating statuses, cell phones are the leading cause of vehicle distractions. Unfortunately, with the release of the Pokémon GO application, these types of distractions are only getting worse.

How the Game Distracts Drivers

One of the advantages of playing the game while in a car is that you can cover more ground at a faster pace. However, using the app behind the wheel and attempting to split your attention between the road and capturing the fictitious animals is foolhardy.

Since the release of the game on July 6, 2016, there have been several reports of drivers losing control of their vehicles as a result of the app, including the following:

  • On July 13th, seven days after its launch, a 28-year-old New York man crashed his vehicle into a tree as a result of paying more attention to his phone than where his car was headed.
  • A man in Baltimore was accused of crashing his vehicle into a parked police car while playing the game.
  • In California, a teenaged driver ran her truck into a pole while allegedly playing the game.
  • Dozens of pedestrians have also reported near-collisions as drivers approach crosswalks in search of these pocket monsters and inch closer to the walk to capture the creature.

When a driver takes his eyes off the road for even a second, let alone the minute it may take to capture a Pokémon, he places himself and everyone around him at risk for a collision.

Should Pokémon-ing and Driving Be Banned?

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