Ever since the July 2016 release of the smartphone application Pokémon
Go, millions of people around the world have downloaded the free-to-play
game and begun their own real-life Pokémon hunting adventures,
sometimes to obsessive lengths. Through the app’s clever use of
augmented reality and GPS functionality, players can now find, catch,
and train the digital monsters during their daily travels, with the application
making them appear as if they were right in front of players. While this
sounds like good fun on the surface, the game unfortunately also comes
with a high potential for danger.
Traffic Accidents from Pokémon Go
As a result of the game’s addicting qualities and constant push for
players to “catch ‘em all,” several reports have surfaced
of players being injured due to a lack of inattention to their surroundings.
Playing Pokémon Go while driving is the newest dangerous form of
distracted driving, having been the cause of numerous devastating
car accidents and
pedestrian accidents. In mid-July, an Auburn, NY man who was trying to catch Pokémon
while driving at night
swerved into a tree and totaled his vehicle, while later that week
a distracted player in Baltimore drove his vehicle into the back of a police officer’s vehicle. It
is unknown how many other collisions have been caused by distracted players.
Pedestrians Injured while Playing Pokémon Go
The game is so addicting that it has some players willingly walking into
traffic while staring at their phones to catch the monsters, such as in
the case of a
Pennsylvania teen who was hospitalized after being struck by a car while crossing a highway at night. According
to the girl’s mother, the game is to blame for her daughter’s
accident – not because she was playing while crossing the street,
but that the game lured her to an area where she shouldn’t have
been in the first place.
Other instances of pedestrian injuries include
two men who fell off a 90-foot ocean bluff in San Diego, along with one
Reddit user who confessed to have broken their foot after falling down a ditch while
playing the game. Even more concerning is the game’s “lure
module” feature, which has already been used to draw players into
secluded areas to be robbed.
According to USA today, it is believed that a group of Missouri teens have used the feature to
commit at least 10 different muggings and assaults throughout St. Louis
and St. Charles Counties.
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