Pokémon GO While Driving Is A Dangerous Distraction
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Pokémon GO while driving has proven to be a dangerous distraction to drivers that
could cause an accident. In fact, Ayer Police in Massachusetts posted
a sign urging people not to play Pokémon GO while driving. According
to a study released by San Diego State University researchers, data confirms
playing the reality game, Pokémon GO, behind the wheel poses a
risky distraction to drivers. The study indicates hundreds of thousands
of players are driving while playing the game or a passenger in the vehicle
is playing the game.
The SDSU researchers analyzed social media and news reports related to
Pokémon GO, to discover possible driving hazards. The team of researchers
found 14 traffic accidents that were connected with Pokémon GO.
Two of these crashed were fatal. The study’s co-author and doctoral
student in the SDSU/UCSD Public Health Joint Doctoral Program said what
has been discovered is just the tip of the iceberg. The study likely underestimates
distractions linked to Pokémon GO.
The study relied primarily on media data, such as Twitter, to rapidly discover
emerging public health issues by observing the thoughts and actions of
the American public in near real-time, according to the assistant research
professor. The study found 345,433 Twitter posts that combined words like
"driving or "car" with "Pokémon GO." Data
collect in just a short period revealed over 110,000 traffic accidents
caused by potentially distracted drivers or pedestrians using Pokémon
GO. Researchers believe this gives a clear justification for a public
health response and warning.
The leading cause of death for Americans between ages 12 and 24 is a motor
vehicular accident. If you have been injured by a distracted driver, you
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