Pokemon Go driver woes

A worrying minority of drivers freely admit to using their smartphone while behind the wheel.

According to a new survey by used car specialists HPL Motors, more than one in five people have used a non-hands-free mobile phone to take a call or text whilst driving. A second survey revealed that more than one in 10 people had listened to music through headphones when in control of a vehicle.

These stats are bad enough in themselves without factoring in heightened concerns over pedestrian and driver safety following the recent launch of wildly popular Pokemon GO augmented reality smartphone app.

Early reports of people being injured whilst allegedly playing Pokemon Go include an Oregon man crashing his car into a tree, and a 15-year-old Pennsylvania student getting hit by a car, reportedly whilst trying to cross a busy highway to catch Pokemon. ®


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