While catching a Drowzee – as shown above – is something that a lot of Pokemon GO players will have become familiar with, that’s no excuse to get drowsy behind the wheel when driving. However, not for the first time, that’s just what one driver has done, lost concentration behind the wheel while playing Pokemon GO, perhaps he was trying to catch a Drowzee? The moment was caught on film, and has been used by the local police department to raise awareness about the instantly-huge phenomenon that has become Pokemon GO.
On July 18th, 2016 at around 03:30 in the morning officers were taking a break on the sidewalk after having just finished a service call when the accident happened, and a Toyota RAV4 came plowing into the left-hand side, towards the rear, of a Baltimore Police Department squad car. The driver is caught doing so on film, thanks to a mounted camera on another officer, and it’s clear that the driver wasn’t exactly cruising at a slow speed, judging by the sound of the impact and the movement that can be seen in the squad car. The young man is caught on film lamenting the accident, saying that “this is what I get for playing this dumbass game”. It’s unclear right now just what charges faced the young man, but a hefty fine is more than likely one of them.
If nothing else, this is another, unfortunate, yet fantastic example of why you shouldn’t play Pokemon GO and drive, or do anything else while driving for that matter. People can get absorbed in things, and for a lot of people, Pokemon GO has become the latest thing, but for a lot of teens and younger people, texting while driving is tempting, but let this unfortunate Pokemon trainer be an example. Pokemon GO has seemingly come out of nowhere to touch and effect all kinds of aspects of our lives. This is the second time that a driver has crashed their car while playing the game and we’ve seen and heard all kinds of other stories, with the moral of them all being to stay alert and aware of what you’re doing and what’s going on no matter what you’re doing on your phone.
— Baltimore Police (@BaltimorePolice) July 19, 2016