Georgia drivers may have a new distraction to contend with on the road—Pokémon Go. Over the past few weeks, the mobile app Pokémon Go has become a national sensation. However, it has also been the cause of several car accidents, many the result of distracted driving. Here’s what Georgia drivers need to know in order to stay safe while driving.
Some car accidents caused by the game occur because drivers and pedestrians are not paying attention. According to the New York Daily News, several children have been treated for injuries in connection to the game, including a teenage girl who was crossing a highway intersection in search of Pokémon. She incurred an injury to her foot and collarbone when she was hit by a car. In another state, a car collided with a tree because the driver was engaged more in the game than the road. The crash resulted in a trip to the hospital for the driver, who left the accident without serious injuries.
The Huffington Post says that the game has inspired warnings from police departments and state DMVs so that players may take the proper cautions. When drivers are behind the wheel, they should refrain from playing Pokémon Go. Pedestrians are advised to play only in well-lit areas and to keep their eyes off their phones while walking, so they remain conscious of their environment.
Drivers may encounter Pokémon Go players in any location because of the game’s reliance on GPS. To keep accidents to a minimum, drivers may want to take extra care when driving at night. They may also consider checking DMV or police warnings in their area to be aware of further guidelines.