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Mixing Pokémon Go and driving isn’t safe

Tweets tally number of people playing distracting virtual reality game while behind the wheel

11:00am, September 16, 2016
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DIGITAL DISTRACTION  The mobile game Pokémon Go presents a driving hazard if people play while in the car.

Don’t drive and play Pokémon Go.

Catching Pokémon — by flicking cartoon balls at cartoon creatures on the screen of a mobile device — while behind the wheel isn’t safe, a new study suggests. That conclusion is hardly surprising. “Most people would say it’s not a good idea,” says David Strayer, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City not involved in the study. Playing an immersive video game such as Pokémon Go while driving may be even more dangerous than reading a text message while driving, because it pulls attention away from the road longer and with more lasting effects, he says.

Yet alarming numbers of people are doing just that, researchers report online September 16 in JAMA Internal Medicine. A search of Twitter posts that contained “Pokémon

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