Study: Pokemon Go linked to 14 car crashes in 10 days

Pokemon Go app
Pokemon Go is now the most popular mobile game in U.S. history, according to new data from SurveyMonkey. (AP file)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A new study has linked the mobile device game Pokemon Go with car crashes involving distracted driving. Pokemon Go uses people’s smartphones with GPS to take players through a virtual map that includes real world locations.

San Diego State researchers found 14 car crashes associated with the game between July 10th and 19th, including one player drove his car into a tree. They also found 4,000 tweets referred to driving while being distracted by playing the game. Some people were even taking screenshots of themselves playing the game while driving.

“If you’re not paying attention to the road, to the vehicle you’re driving, there’s a delayed reaction if you have to stop the car quickly,” Northampton Police Capt. John Cartledge explained. “And certainly texting being on the internet or playing games is not advised.”

Cartledge also told 22News that Northampton officers were pulling over more drivers playing Pokemon Go when it first came out in July, but these incidents have decreased in recent weeks.

Researchers found four thousand tweets referred to driving and being distracted while playing the game.

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