Pokemon GO has caused its first major car crash

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As much fun and entertainment as Pokemon GO has brought to the world, it is also now the cause of a major car crash.

In the eight (!) days Pokemon GO has been unleashed upon Australia (and New Zealand), we've seen quite a contrasting range of responses to Niantic's "augmented-reality" mobile game.

There was that Aussie bloke who thought catching Pokemon was such a tough job that he decided to outsource the task to a willing (and talented) trainer who was looking to make a quick $100; there was that incident where robbers took advantage of the game's "lure" mechanic in order to mug unsuspecting trainers; and of course, there was that unsavoury moment when some poor girl discovered a dead body whilst hunting down a wild Pikachu. Yes, all three things actually happened, and unfortunately, we now have another unpleasant incident to add to that list of Pokemon GO-related shenanigans. 

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According to a recent report from The Citizena 28-year-old man was doing a spot of Pokemon hunting in his hometown of Auburn, New York. The catch? He was driving at the same same time. Needless to say, it didn't end well for the driver/Pokemon trainer, and he wound up crashing into a tree. And when we mean crashing into a tree, we mean that it was much more severe than some mere fender bender:

Pokemon GO car crash

Yikes. That's definitely not worth hunting down some stray Charmander.

Thankfully, aside from some "lacerations to both legs" and some "disorientation", the driver was not seriously injured.

Apparently this is the first major car crash that's been the direct result of playing Pokemon GO, and it was enough for the Auburn Police Department to issue a list of reminders warning against the dangers of playing “Pokémon GO.” They are:

  • Do not use the application when you are operating a motor vehicle or bicycle
  • Do not trespass on private property when trying to “catch” a Pokemon
  • Be aware of your surroundings when walking and do not stare down at your phone not knowing hazards around you, like roadways, drop-offs, waterways, etc.
  • Use caution when sharing your location as strangers can see your location information
  • Travel in groups in public/well lit locations

Makes sense to us! 

So to all those who are thinking about becoming an aspiring virtual Pokemon trainer, here's some advice: keep safe, look up from your phone every once in a while, and most importantly, don't ever Pokemon GO and drive! 

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