July 13, 2016

The Dangers of Pokemon GO and Driving

Travel across the land searching far and wide - just not behind the wheel.

Pokemon GO is the newest craze sweeping the nation, and it seems it’s here to stay. Through a free-to-download (just like Urgent.ly!) app, users participate in an augmented-reality version of the classic Pokemon games.

In your quest to Catch ‘Em All, remember that those Pokestops are real places, and beyond that Eevee, Onyx, or Blastoise you’re trying to capture are potentially real people or real-life obstacles. Be aware of your surroundings. You might walk straight into another Trainer with their nose in their phone, or even someone who (gasp!) isn’t using the app. There have already been a variety of stories about people getting hurt - or getting sunburned - while playing the new game, not to mention some of the more serious risks.

While the story about a major car accident caused by playing PokemonGO turned out to be a hoax, various other dangers have been documented. There have been multiple reports of robberies, a car crash at Texas A&Mone in Auburn, NY, and even horrors as strange as stumbling upon a deceased corpse.

Some people have taken to Twitter to chronicle what happens when augmented-reality meets, well… reality. Here are a few examples of what happens when you’re not paying attention behind the wheel: