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Pokémon Go While Driving In Illinois

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Pokémon Go While Driving In IllinoisPokémon Go has taken the country by storm but is also raising serious safety concerns as drivers are playing while driving. Pokémon Go players have been warned against playing in certain places, such as the Illinois Veterans' Homes and Arlington National Cemetery, in addition to private property. There have also been warnings advising players to play in groups while playing in unfamiliar areas so as to avoid being attacked or robbed. However, of all the risks associated with the game, playing while driving remains one of the most serious concerns because of the serious injuries and fatalities that can be caused if a driver is distracted.

Pokémon Go is a game in which the players download an app that allows them to hunt virtual reality game characters. Players use their cell phones to find and capture creatures that seem to appear in real life locations when viewed through the app. Players, therefore, have to look at their cell phones when walking or driving in order to see the creatures or view the game's maps for locations of interest and for the location of the next character. In this way, players may concentrate on their cell phones when playing and pay little attention to their surroundings, which may be dangerous while walking, and more so when driving.

The use of cellphones while driving is illegal under Illinois law, and can result in a driver being fined for the use, as well as being convicted of a misdemeanor or felony depending on whether the driver causes the serious injury or death of another person. In addition to it being illegal, the use of a cell phone while driving can lead to a driver being distracted, resulting in serious accidents if the driver collides with another car or object, stops in the middle of traffic, or crashes into pedestrians and cyclists who have the right of way.

If a driver causes an accident while playing Pokémon Go, it is unlikely that Niantic, Pokémon Go's developer or Nintendo, the original creators of the Pokémon franchise would be liable for the injuries caused. In addition to disclaimers of liability that the player has to agree to in signing up to use the game, the game now features several pop-up warning messages that warn players about playing while driving. Players who drive and play are likely to shoulder the responsibility of the causing injury and property damage.

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Source:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2016/07/20/driver-slams-into-baltimore-cop-car-while-playing-pokemon-go-accident/87333892/

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