Gotta Catch'em All Fever Is A Risky Distraction
July 2016
Cute Game or Dangerous Distraction

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Pokemon Go is sweeping the nation and kids old and young alike are getting caught in the "Gotta Catch'em All" fever.
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Pokemon Go, Another Driving Distraction
Sadly, teen driver crashes and deaths spike during the the "100 Deadliest Days of Summer." With more free time on their hands, teens tend to take more risks. Now, add in the distractions of the new Pokemon Go app and both adults and teens can use some safety reminders. 

The extremely popular Pokemon Go app for smart phones has only been available in the United States since the beginning of July but is already having police concerned. Players use their smartphones to capture virtual Pokemon characters in various public places around their home, work or town. There are some practical things to consider to see that our young people have fun and are safe. 

1. Games should never be played from behind the wheel. Put your phone down whenever you are driving. Pull over and stop at a safe location if you must use your phone.

2. Be aware of your surroundings. Situational awareness is important both in and out of a car. Teens may need a "little extra courage" to decline a ride from a friend who has been drinking or taking drugs. In addition, a driver who can't take their finger off the cell phone is not only hazardous to their friend's health but their own.

3. Late night excursions are rarely safe. Few positive events occur after midnight. Stay safe and stay home. Catching more Pokemon can wait until morning. 

The Pokemon Go game can be a lot of fun and a healthy activity to enjoy with your family and friends. However, always be aware of your surroundings and never play the game while driving or walking or this could happen to you, too.

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