Since “Pokemon Go” was launched, the viral hit has been downloaded more than 7.5 million times and has grossed an average of $1.6 million a day.
Due to the game’s vast popularity, Departments of Motor Vehicles across the United States have issued driver warnings to not play “Pokemon Go” while driving.
It may seem obvious to some, but for one distracted driver in Auburn, New York, this lesson was learned the hard way.
Around 11pm, an unnamed 28-year-old driver ran his car off the road and crashed into a tree Tuesday night, according to the Auburn Police Department.
The driver admitted to officers that he was playing “Pokemon Go,” which diverted his attention from the road. Luckily he wasn’t seriously injured, but instead suffered cuts to both legs and was left disoriented. He was, however, taken to the nearby hospital in an ambulance after running into the tree.
Police in Auburn have issued a warning to all drivers and bicyclists to not use their mobile phones when driving.
“The Council urges gamers to consider safety before a life is lost,” wrote the National Safety Council in a statement released on Tuesday. “Reports of close calls associated with playing ‘Pokemon Go’ are already rolling in.”
As the old adage goes, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt.
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