You Don’t Have To Catch ‘Em All!

Do you remember the story of the young woman who allegedly ran into another vehicle while using Snapchat? Witnesses claimed she was trying to get the 100 mph in-app trophy by going 107 mph when she crashed. She now faces a lawsuit and criminal charges, while the makers of the app also face pending litigation. However, her case could just be the beginning of an app-based distracted driving trend.

You Don’t Have To Catch ‘Em All!

Front view of a woman driving a car and typing on a smart phoneOfficers from the Auburn Police Department in New York ran across a strange incident at around 10:44 pm on July 12th. A 28-year-old had driven his car into a tree. When the police arrived, they found the man disoriented with a few cuts on his knees. However, he could have sustained far worse injuries. Law enforcement discovered that the car’s engine had almost pushed into the passenger compartment.

When asked what caused the crash, the lucky 28-year-old told officers he had swerved while playing Pokémon Go. Don’t know what that is? Let us explain.

What is Pokémon Go?

Pokémon Go is a new game for your mobile device. It allows you to travel to different real life locations and capture virtual pets called Pokémon. The game is based off of the gigantic Nintendo game franchise, and it has become a viral sensation. If you’ve seen a lot of random strangers wondering aimlessly, staring at their cellphone, this is what they’re doing. But the massive popularity of the game has many safety experts worried.

Despite in-app warnings, reports of distracted walking and driving incidents keep surfacing. And though some of these stories have turned out to be false, more real incidents are expected. Is there any way to prevent another crash like the one in Auburn, New York? Could future incidents turn out deadly? Who will be responsible for these incidents? Keep following our blog, Facebook and Twitter for the latest developments.



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