Pokemon Go & driving just as bad as texting & driving

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jul 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-22 07:45:45-04

With Pokemon hiding all over the place, and different ones being in different environments, it is easy to get caught up in wanting to catch them all. 

The game has been in the news with lots of strange stories from people trespassing to finding dead bodies. Earlier this week, a player was even involved in a traffic crash.

While the game is fun, people need to not only be aware of their surroundings when walking around to “Catch them all,” but should also put the game down while behind the wheel of their vehicle.

“A number of studies show that distracted driving is just as bad as driving impaired,” Jackson County Undersheriff Christopher Kuhl said. “I would hope that someone who is playing a game would not do it behind the wheel. It could cause a lifetime of consequences.”

For some, it may be easy to put the phone down while driving and not worry about the little critters we may be passing by. For others, it may be a bit harder. 

Here are some things you can do to help prevent yourself from distracted driving:

    Silence your phone

    Turn off alerts

    Turn the game off

    Place your phone in the glove-box

    Turn phone off

    Keep focus on driving

“Operating the vehicle is your first and only responsibility for the safety of yourself and others,” Kuhl said. “You need to take that responsibility seriously.”

To help curb distracted driving and the consequences it can cause, we at Fox 47 News teamed up with Farm Bureau Insurance for BAND2GETHER. 

BAND2GETHER is an initiative to bring more awareness to the dangers of texting and driving, and distracted driving. Special thumb bands are available at the Fox 47 News station, 600 W. St. Joseph, Lansing. The bands are to remind you to not text, or play, while driving.                                                                                                                                                  

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