July 31, 2016 at 10:47 AM
Pokemon Go Hits The Streets
Since its launch, a month ago Pokemon Go has taken the world’s tech savvy youth by storm. In the UK, youngsters, and many not so youngsters counted down the days until they could take their mobile phones and head out to hunt down those cheeky little Pokemon critters. One result of their intense focus has been a spate of road accidents, trespasses, robberies and even fisticuffs around the world. Police and other authorities have started to issue warnings and guidelines to Pokemon Go players, some of whom may even be facing prosecution.
Pokemon Go Inspired Car Disasters
Less than a week after the worldwide launch the first accident reported was a driver in New York crashing his car into a tree while playing the game, and shortly afterwards a woman in Australia reversed into another car, also while using her mobile phone to track down Pokemon. In America, another distracted player drove straight into a parked car - unfortunately for him, it was a police car! The police officers took it with remarkably good humour.
Pokemon Go Drivers Safety Tips
Luckily, so far no one has been seriously injured in a Pokemon Go related car accident. However, the first and most important rule to observe when contemplating playing Pokemon Go while driving is; DON’T. Just as with phoning your friends, reading a map or eating fish and chips, stop the car (safely) and then do the thing. No one wants to be killed by a driver who says ‘Sorry, but I nearly caught an Articuno.’
Alternative Ways To Play
Pokemon Go is designed to get players out and about, but you do not have to be behind the wheel to play. All you need is a built up area, so play on the train or bus during your commute. Play while shopping. Play while at a cafe, waiting at the bus station, on your lunch break, visiting your wife in the maternity unit (well, maybe not). Just do not play while driving a car.
Alternatively, buddy up. Take a friend to watch the phone, then pull over when safe to do so and go on the hunt. Or leave the phone on somewhere you cannot access it, like in the boot. When you get a chance park up, check your mobile, and go on the hunt. But do not buddy up like the two Pokemon Go players who walked off a cliff together. At least one of you has to keep your eyes on the road.
Get Out And Walk
Since its release, the world seems to have gone Pokemon Go crazy. Some players concentrate so hard on the game they lose track of their surroundings. You may be high tech and Pokemon savvy but do not let go of common sense. When you are driving you have to concentrate, for your own sake and the sake of others. The virtual world won’t kill you, but the real world will.