Reports of people injured in Pokemon Go incidents, some genuine and some fabricated, are flooding the internet. In a high profile incident, a man in Victoria, Australia crashed into a school:
Local police released the following statement on their Facebook account:
ONIX-CEPTABLE – POKÉMON GO NO NO
Casey Highway Patrol is investigating after a motorist made an unplanned PokéStop late yesterday when he crashed his car into a school in Berwick.
Police have been told the local man was trying to capture a creature from the Pokémon Go application when he appears to have lost control on Ridgemont Drive about 6.50pm.
It is understood the Berwick motorist was travelling north and negotiating a roundabout when he lost control at Flowerfield Close.
He ran off the road through a fence and into a school portable building.
Luckily no one was injured.
The 19-year-old did not level up nor collect any stardust or candies only debris from the crash.
Any PokéBalls, eggs or potions the driver may have had remaining only attracted police leaving the wild Pokémon for another day.
The driver furnished a negative preliminary breath test however it is expected he will be charged on summons in relation to careless driving.
Leading Senior Constable Julie-Anne Newman
Luckily no on was hurt in this incident, but it illustrates the danger of operating a motor vehicle while distracted. Like texting, Pokemon Go diverts a driver’s attention away from the road.
This story out of Pittsburgh illustrates the danger Pokemon Go can be to pedestrians:
Here a pedestrian, who had become distracted by the game, ventured unsafely across a street and was struck by a motor vehicle.
Science fiction envisioned enhanced reality tools that would provide us with hyper vigilance and increased information about the world around us. The reality of, so far, seems to be differing significantly.