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AAA: Game over for drivers playing Pokemon Go

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AAA is urging drivers not to use Pokemon Go behind the wheel because it could lead to potentially deadly consequences. 

Earlier this week, a teen in Pennsylvania was hit by a car while playing the mobile game. In New York, a 28-year-old driver crashed into a tree while playing. 

“Safe driving involves a high level of concentration and skill,” said Gary Bubar, Traffic Safety and Public Affairs Specialist, AAA Michigan. The last thing drivers need is a virtual reality distraction when they are behind the wheel.”

Taking your eyes off the road for more than two seconds doubles your risk of a crash, officials said. 

When driving 55 mph, five seconds with eyes off the road is equivalent to driving the length of a football field blindfolded. 

“Driving requires your full attention, and putting away your phone until you reach your destination could save your life,” Bubar said. “Pedestrians playing the game also should be aware so that they do not cross a busy intersection while distracted.”

Distraction is a factor in nearly 6 out of 10 moderate-to-severe teen crashes, AAA said. 

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