If you’ve perused any form of social media in the last few days, the chances are you’ll have had Pokemon Go well and truly smothered all over your face. In case you don’t know, it’s an augmented reality game where users walk around IRL, catching virtual Pokemon as they go, which would be a great idea if it wasn’t for the fact the human race is populated by vast quantities of stupid.
Case in point? The driver of the wrecked car above, who crashed into a tree in Auburn, New York on Tuesday night. When police arrived at the scene, he admitted he’d become distracted behind the wheel while playing a game of Pokemon Go, and swerved into the tree. Presumably while trying to catch a Squirtle, whatever that is.
Amazingly, the 28-year-old was uninjured, but Auburn police have felt the need to release some “advice” for virtual Pokemon catchers, including the following points:
Don’t play the game while driving a car or bicycle.
Don’t trespass on private property just to “catch” a Pokemon.
Avoid staring down at your phone and be aware of hazards like roadways, drop-offs and waterways.
If we’re in a world where such tips are needed, God help us all.