Wisconsin DOT Warns Drivers Against Playing Pokémon Go and Driving
After two reported Wisconsin accidents involving Pokémon Go last month, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) is warning drivers to put safety ahead of a high score in the game by not playing while driving.
The location-based augmented reality game sends players into the real world to capture Pokémon characters that appear on their smartphone.
By requiring players to walk or travel distances in order to capture all of the characters, thousands of people across the country can be seen wandering around cities with their faces glued to their smartphone. Unfortunately, many are also playing the game while behind the wheel of their car, causing countless accidents and injuries.
Two recent accidents happened in Wisconsin. On July 16, two separate accidents involving motorists playing the popular game sent both drivers to the hospital with minor injuries. In both accidents, the drivers ran into a tree while playing the game in the town of Verona. Both drivers were also suspected of drunken driving.
In response to the growing craze of playing the game while driving, WisDOT issued a warning to all motorists – including those that ride motorcycles – on Friday reminding them that playing Pokémon Go while driving is considered distracted driving, which can have deadly consequences.
Wisconsin State Patrol noted that 94 people died in Wisconsin last year in accidents involving at least one distracted driver. Nationally, driver distraction led to more than 10,600 injuries in 2015.
Patrol officers are challenging players to put safety first by keeping Pokémon out of the driver’s seat. If you must travel to catch Pokémon, find someone to drive you or use free ride services in the area.
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