In a nation fraught with political strife and racial tension, danger comes from an unexpected source. Pokemon Go, the Millennial Generation answer to Cabbage Patch Dolls and Beanie Babies, are creating havoc on the nation’s highways. Baltimore, a city already known for its danger quotient, is the latest site of a highway accident caused by driver’s trying to “catch ‘em all.” Body cam footage showed an SUV sideswiping a BPD police car while the driver was playing the game according to MSN Autos.
Charm City isn’t the only place where Pokemon Go players have caused accidents (and it is only fair to blame the drivers rather than the game). USA Today reports that an Auburn, NY driver crashed into a tree while playing the game. The Washington State Patrol logged its first Pokemon related crash Mon. July 18 when a Fall City accident was blamed on a distracted, ball flinging, driver. Of these three accidents, only the Auburn, NY mishap resulted in injuries.
While it is a shame such warnings need to be made, police units across the country are issuing cautions to drivers. They are asking motorists to pay attention to the speed and direction of their hurtling automobile as opposed to the number of digital creatures captured.
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Gildshire Reporter, Kim Hastings