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RAC warns addictive new app could increase risk of road crashes

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The arrival of a popular new app on UK shores has raised concerns about a possible increase in the number of drivers using their phones at the wheel.

Pokemon Go has proven a sensation since the game became available to download last week.

The popularity of the programme, which allows smartphone owners to hunt for digital creatures in real-life environments, has nonetheless led to concerns that more motorists might take risks.

A survey conducted by the RAC earlier this year found that illegal use of handsets in cars was rife and the organisation was sufficiently worried by the release of the Pokemon game to issue a fresh warning a few days ago.

The statement also urged motorists to be extra watchful when driving, for fear that some phone-users on foot will be so engrossed in the game they may not be as mindful of traffic as they normally would be.

RAC road safety spokesman, Pete Williams, said: “The Pokemon Go revolution could take the illegal use of hand-held mobile phones at the wheel to another level.

“It has to be ‘Pokémon no-Go’ when driving but it is just as important that pedestrians don’t get caught in the Pokémon mist and find themselves stepping into the path of danger.

“The risks are obvious but this feels like a whole new level of gaming addiction and yet another reason for people to be glued to their smart phones instead of looking where they are going.”

Over the weekend reports circulated about a 28-year-old who admitted being distracted by the app during a drive through New York and ended up crashing into a tree. Thus far there have been no confirmed reports of the app causing a collision on British roads.

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