Pokemon Go – Don’t Pokemon and Drive!

When my kids first told me about the Pokemon Go app, I was completely confused. Wait…are there actual Pokemon walking around the streets? How did they get there? Why can’t I see them? At some point I was curious enough to download the app. I am now a proud owner of a virtual (literally and figuratively) slew of Evees, Pidgeys and Spearows. Don’t ask. It’s too hard to explain. The point is this: Here is one more thing that proves to be a distraction from the normal human activities of walking, crossing the streets, and driving. Between car stereos, cell phones, texting, GPS maps, Bluetooth and now apps with small creatures that appear in your path, injuries from distracted walking and driving are on the rise. According to the CDC, each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver. And that doesn’t include walking. Distracted walking injuries are so prevalent that Distracted Walking was included for the first time in the annual National Safety Council statistical report “Injury Facts,” which tracks the leading causes of unintentional injuries and deaths. I know how hard it is to put the phone away, especially for those of us who need to feel connected. But as a society we need to start taking distraction seriously and make an extra effort to pay more attention to our surroundings. Just imagine yourself in front of a traffic court Judge explaining how you are sorry you ran off the road into the bushes, but you just had to catch a Charmander.

By | 2016-12-13T09:13:32+00:00 August 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

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