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Wisconsin DOT Warns Drivers after Two Pokemon Go Related Crashes

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation State Patrol is warning motorists not to let the Pokémon craze drive them crazy. The mobile gaming app lets players catch Pokémon in real life and in real time using a phone’s GPS and augmented reality settings. However, this creates real-world hazards for users.

Wisconsin State Patrol is reporting drivers distracted by the popular new gaming app. Wisconsin alone has already experienced two Pokémon GO-related crashes.

"The dangers of distracted driving, also known as inattentive driving, are not exaggerated and are a growing threat to everyone on the road," says David Pabst, director of the WisDOT Bureau of Transportation Safety. "Last year in Wisconsin, 94 people were killed in crashes in which at least one driver was listed as driving inattentively. In addition, 10,615 people were injured in distracted driving crashes in 2015."

Wisconsin State Patrol tells Pokémon players to be aware of their surroundings, and challenges them to consider safety over a high score. If you must travel longer distances to catch the rarest Pokémon, designate a driver or check out free ride services in your area. Take safety to the next level, and join Wisconsin in keeping Pokémon out of the driver’s seat.

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