POKEMON GO POSES A DANGER TO TENNESSEE DRIVERS
There is a popular craze in the nation and it is giving drivers something new to worry about. In addition to texting, talking and eating, drivers can add Pokemon Go to list of things that can cause distraction behind the wheel. The game works by using a person’s smartphone and its location software to allow the gamer to catch virtual Pokemon in the real world.
The problem is so pervasive that law enforcement officials in many local areas have had to issue warnings to drivers reminding them not to play the game while they are driving according to WATE. The Tennessee Highway Safety Office posted a message on Facebook reminding gamers to park before capturing Pokemon and the Knoxville Police Department turned to Twitter to remind people that capturing monsters after dark in city parks is prohibited. The Tennessee Department of Transportation also issued a warning via social media.
The game poses a threat to both drivers and pedestrians alike. In fact, the Pokemon Go sensation is causing problems not just in Tennessee but all over the country and even the world, reports U.S. News and World Report.
A teenager in Pennsylvania was so focused on looking at her phone while playing the game that she walked into incoming traffic and was injured. A New York man also sustained injuries when he crashed his car into a tree as a result of trying to play the game while driving. It was also reported that two Canadians were playing the game while driving and accidentally backed into a police cruiser.