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Multiple collisions in 10 days due to Pokémon

 

A new study indicates Pokémon Go poses a significant hazard for younger drivers. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) released a national report on Friday which tracked 14 Pokémon Go related crashes over a 10 day period in July of this year. The researchers correlated driver's tweets with crash data found on news reports. According to the study:

• Eighteen percent of tweets indicated a person was playing and driving ("OMG, I'm catching Pokémon and driving")

• Eleven percent indicated a passenger was playing ("just made sis drive me around to find Pokémon").

• Four percent indicated a pedestrian was distracted ("almost got hit by a car playing Pokémon GO").

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