AAA Warns Drivers Not to Play Pokémon Go While Driving

Posted on behalf of Arnold Law Firm on Jul 15, 2016 in Auto Accidents

driver using smartphoneIn response to a car crash in Auburn, New York, involving a driver who was playing Pokémon Go, AAA is urging drivers to put their smartphones down when they get behind the wheel. The driver crashed into a tree and suffered a broken ankle, because he was looking down at his phone to play the new game while driving.

AAA hopes that the dangerous crash will be a wake-up call for drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, ten percent of fatal accidents involving young drivers are caused by distracted driving.

Pokémon Go is an instantly popular smartphone game in which players attempt to catch virtual Pokémon characters that appear to exist in the real world. The game's characters are visible on players' phone screens in real time, and are incorporated into a camera-like view of the player's current surroundings. The effect is highly engaging -- and dangerously distracting.

Tips to Avoid Distracted Driving

AAA has tips to help drivers avoid the temptation to use their smartphone while driving, whether they are texting or playing Pokémon Go:

  • Put your phone on silent
  • Install a safety app on your phone that will lock the phone while you are driving
  • Store your smartphone in the trunk or the glove compartment so you will not be tempted to use it
  • Tell friends and family members to avoid calling or texting you while you are driving
  • If you absolutely have to make a call, ask passengers to do it for you

Other Pokémon Go Car Crashes

The Auburn, New York, crash is one of a few accidents involving drivers who were playing Pokémon Go. At Texas A&M University, a driver got out of his car to catch a Pokémon, and his car was rear-ended. There was another accident in Pittsburgh where a teenager was hit by a car while walking and playing the game. She suffered bruises to the side of her body.

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