Is there a Pokemon named DontDoThis? Perhaps there needs to be. On Tuesday, a driver in Washington state was discovered parked on the shoulder of State Route 518 within the Seattle suburb of Burien. With him have been eight smartphones, all opened to the Pokemon Go app. BUSTED!
Trooper Rick Johnson of the Washington State Patrol advised me the person wasn’t driving whereas he performed the eight totally different screens — his automobile was parked. However the overenthusiastic gamer was knowledgeable that the shoulder of a busy freeway is supposed for breakdowns or flat tires or the like. Not pulling over so you may pitch Pokeballs at a Snorlax.
“Sgt. (Kyle) Smith requested him to place the telephones in his again seat and proceed on, because the shoulder is just for emergency parking,” Johnson advised me.
As you may see, the motive force appears well-prepped for octo-play. His telephones, of various sizes, have been all nestled into what seems like a selfmade foam case that holds all of them regular. Every display screen was open to the gaming app.
The person put his gaming rig out of attain, and lived to play one other day.
However distracted driving has prompted accidents earlier than.
“I can bear in mind just one collision that we have been capable of affirm was brought on by the motive force enjoying Pokemon Go, (who) rear-ended one other automobile,” Johnson advised me. “I’m assuming there are extra, however people do not self-report that always once we arrive at scenes to analyze.”
(Hat tip to Seattle-based GeekWire for recognizing this story.)