Maryland native Koria Stanton is a criminal attorney who focuses on cases involving DUI, drug, and assault offenses.
Times are certainly changing. While many states around the country still do not have updated texting-and-driving laws, it appears the public has moved on to the newest smartphone craze. The new normal, for many people around the United States of America, is their constant addiction and devotion to the new app Pokémon Go.
People usually play it by running around their respected neighborhoods trying to catch the animated characters that show up in their vicinity. Additionally, now there is a growing number of people who play this game while behind the wheel, endangering their own lives and the lives of others on the road.
No one knows the potential dangers of Pokémon Go more than the Baltimore police officers who witnessed a man crash into their stationary vehicle while playing the app. The officers were conversing outside when they saw the man collide head-on into the vehicle at an accelerated speed.
One of the officers was wearing a body-camera which captured a Toyota Rav 4 slamming into the police car and continuing to drive away. The driver stops at the end of the block where an officer was able to make sure that everyone was okay and then figure out what caused the man to engage in reckless driving.
The man admits his playing Pokémon Go while behind the wheel is what caused the wreck to occur. On a video posted to the Baltimore Police’s Twitter page, the man is heard saying “That’s what I get for playing this dumb game.”
This accident, which became a popular news story on local broadcasting stations, prompted Baltimore Police spokesperson, T.J. Smith, to address the issue of playing Pokémon Go while driving.
During the press conference he stated, “This is no different than texting and driving, changing a CD, putting on makeup or eating a sandwich.” He goes on to add that being attentive at the wheel is one of the best ways to guarantee your safety and the safety of others you encounter on the road.
It is also important to note that the Baltimore Police have experienced an uptick in crime directly related to people using the Pokémon Go app.
According to T.J Smith during the July 19th press conference, there have been multiple incidences where people’s smartphones have been stolen, because they had their heads glued to their phones looking for Pokémon, unaware of the attempts made by others to steal their phones.
T.J. Smith made it clear that everyone at the Baltimore Police Station wants people to use the app responsibly and remain vigilant of their surroundings at all times.
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