The new smartphone game “Pokemon Go” has taken distracted driving to such a crazy new height that many transportation safety organizations across the country are issuing warnings about the game.

Safety Organizations Concerned About Distracted Pedestrians And Drivers

The incredibly popular Nintendo game allows players to go out into the real world and catch digital monsters on walking missions. While many have praised the game for getting people out of the house and moving, others are noticing that players are becoming dangerously distracted.

The game doesn’t work if you’re traveling more than 20 miles per hour to discourage people from driving while playing, but many lazy Pokemon Go players are simply driving at speeds of under 10 miles per hour to fool their phones into believing that they are walking. These drivers are also making frequent, sudden stops, which adds to the danger they are creating on the road.

The National Safety Council issued a warning on July 12 urging pedestrians to use caution while playing the game and reminding drivers that it is never okay to play the game behind the wheel, because, as they say, “No race to “capture” a cartoon monster is worth a life.”

Truckers Are Getting In On The Pokemon Go Action

And if you think pedestrians and motorists are the only ones getting in on the Pokemon craze, think again. The trucker in the video below explains how his ability to travel across the country for work gives him an advantage over the average player. The video also gives you a peek into what the gameplay looks like, but be warned — this guy’s language is pretty salty.

Sources:
NY Post
Japonik
halfrican gaming
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Ashley Neely has been a lead content creator and social media manager with CDLLife since 2015. Her passion? Helping the men and women in the trucking industry get the news they need and the respect that they deserve.