published an article recently about the rise in traffic fatalities caused by people playing the game
The game is available on smartphones and features elements in real world
locations. Players catch pokemon with their phone that are found in actual places.
The article suggests that during the height of its popularity, car crashes
stemming from the game’s use caused $2 billion to $7.3 billion in
For instance, in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, reports showed during the
148 days after Pokemon was released, 286 additional crashes occurred in
the county, compared to the same period before. Of these, 134 were near
pokéstops (a key component of the game that allows you to stock
up on supplies).
Although you’re supposed to walk to pokéstops, a lot of people
drive to them and got out of the car to get the needed supplies. Economists
came to the conclusion that the number of crashes was much higher near
these pokéstops, suggesting that the crashes were caused by the
distraction surrounding people getting out of their car while playing the game.
What Pokemon Go Can Teach Us
Distracted driving is an epidemic problem and it doesn’t just include
texting or talking on the phone while driving. A phone has many apps that
are hard to resist. Facebook, Snapchat, Spotify, Pokemon Go and other
apps pull motorist’s attention away from the road.
Unfortunately, distracted driving fatalities continue to rise at a greater
percentage than those for drunk driving, speeding and failing to wear
You can be part of the solution. Ending distracted driving begins with
you. When you drive, just drive. That decision could save your life, the
life of your passengers, another motorist, even a pedestrian or bystander.
Your decision to stop driving distracted can greatly impact you and your
loved one’s safety. Check out this blog post on
7 easy ways you can stop distracted driving.