With the rising popularity of the mobile game Pokémon Go, it’s easy for players in the virtual reality app to lose sight of the very real dangers of playing the game while driving. While many are lauding the mobile app for promoting time outdoors and social interactions — the game does not give drivers license to operate vehicles irresponsibly. Across the country, there have been numerous incidents of Pokémon Go players trespassing, being injured and most recently crashing into police cars.
The clip above shows a Pokémon Go enthusiast slamming into a Baltimore police car while playing the game on his phone. In a body-camera video released by the Baltimore Police Department, several officers are seen standing near a police car as a Toyota Rav-4 slams into the cruiser and continues driving. In the video, an officer runs after the vehicle, which stops near the end of the block, and the driver gets out of his car. The officer asks if everyone is okay, and the driver, whose face is blurred in the clip, shows the police officers his cellphone.
“That’s what I get for playing this dumb— game,” the man says to the officers.
It goes to show that the interactive mobile app is not all fun and games. So next time you get the behind the wheel, take a moment to consider those that you might affect if you allow distractions – let alone Pokémon Go – to impair your driving.
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