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Heads up for Pokémon Go

It has been taking New Zealand, Australia and America by storm, Pokémon Go is a newly released app that allows users to travel between the virtual world and the real one.

The game is based on gps and allows users to capture battle and train Pokémon that appear in the real world. It is due for release in England next week and despite all the excitement users should still be cautious.

Chasing Pokémon is now common in countries where the game has been released, some people walking miles just to find and capture some more Pokémon.

In reality it is a genius way to help get people outside and exercising, but of course our lazy and smart society soon found a way around the exercise and have now gone to slowly driving around at 10mph or slower, with frequent stops in order to catch new Pokémon.

Friends are driving around neighbourhoods trying to catch Pokémon which can be exciting but also dangerous. If the driver is concentrating on catching a new Pokémon and not concentrating on the road they could easily crash or worse hit somebody. Also if you can imagine multiple cars driving around at super slow speeds the traffic chaos they can cause and confusion to other drivers is not sought after.

In America the state of Washington’s Department of Transportation tweeted a message for users not to play whilst driving.

If your weekend includes looking for #Eevee on #PokemonGO, please do so safely. No Pokemoning from behind the wheel. pic.twitter.com/Kt9CmTOKiP

— Washington State DOT (@wsdot) July 8, 2016

This is not the first message posted online by government authority. Last week Australia's Northern Territory Police, Fire, and Emergency Services published a post on its Facebook page telling Pokémon Go players to look up once in a while.

With Pokemon-mania sweeping America, Australia and New Zealand it really does seem like just a matter of time before a horrible car accident is blamed on someone playing Pokémon Go.

According to textinganddrivingsafety.com in 2011 at least 23% of car accidents involved the use of mobile phones, which is 1.3million crashes. With this new game being used on the road will we see an increase in the number of crashes?

With the release in England coming next week, I urge drivers not to play whilst on the road and to stick to how the game was intended and walk or run around catching’em. But stay safe.


posted by: Abigail Lavallin 13 July 2016