It was only a matter of time. Pokémon Go has caused its first car crash.
Actually, let’s be clear about this — Pokémon Go didn’t cause the crash; that honour would have to go to the person who thought it was a good idea to play the game while driving. (Apps don’t kill people, people kill people.)
The driver has admitted he was playing the game in Auburn, Alabama, when he swerved off the road and crashed into a tree, police told Syracuse.com.
The man (whose name has not been released) was not seriously injured, but the crash left the front end of his car mangled.
Auburn Police used the crash as an opportunity to urge people to use common sense when playing the game, offering the following advice:
- Don’t play the game while driving a car or bicycle.
- Don’t trespass on private property just to catch a Pokémon.
- Avoid staring down at your phone and be aware of hazards like roadways, drop-offs and waterways.
- Be cautious of who you share your location with.
- Don’t travel alone.
Queensland Police offered similar advice to players earlier this week.
We don’t know which pocket monster the man was trying to capture at the time he hit a tree (or whether he actually caught it), but we’re going to assume it was this one.
While this is the first relatively serious crash to be linked to Pokémon Go, it’s not the only incident on the road that’s been connected to the game.
Another driver hit a curb while trying to catch Pokémon, necessitating a trip to the Audi shop and this embarrassing service ticket.
Stay safe out there, guys.
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