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DMV warns CT drivers to not play Pokemon Go and drive

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WETHERSFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

The Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles warned drivers of the dangers of driving and playing Pokemon Go. 

DMV officials said the new gaming craze forces drivers to  glued to their phones while "real-time tracking in search of monsters in a hunt and chase." The game "shows some players posting in social media pictures of hazardous situations."

Connecticut laws prohibit 16 and 17 year-olds from using a cell phone (including hands-free) or other mobile electronic devices while driving a motor vehicle. 

"These are our most inexperienced drivers and we need to keep them focused on purposeful driving when behind the wheel," DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said on DMV website.

Bzdyra said drivers of all ages "must pay attention to safety and should not be playing any game."

"Everyone’s eyes should be glued to the road, not a game. It’s distracted driving," Bzdyra said. "Eyes off the road or inattention for one second could lead to tragedy that lasts a life time." 

Dr. Steven Wolf, chairman of emergency medicine at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, likened playing Pokemon Go to texting and driving.

"We know how dangerous texting and driving is. This is another example of a distraction," Dr. Wolf said on DMV website. "Those kinds of crashes are unnecessary and cause injuries and fatalities. Young drivers are especially vulnerable because they don't fully understand the risks they are taking." 

Wolf also said any game on your phone can "lure away any driver’s attention from the road."

Drivers in Connecticut are prohibited from talking or holding a cell phone while driving in the state.  

These following do's and don'ts were provided for the game players by the Connecticut State Police:
 
Don'ts

  • Don’t play while driving.
  • Don’t trespass, i.e., scaling fences, parachuting, tunneling, etc.
  • Don’t fight/argue with other players.
  • Don’t be lured into places you’re not familiar with

Do's

  • Have fun! Get out and explore your communities.
  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings! Traffic does not stop for these little guys.
  • Make yourself visible when playing at night.
  • Play with friends/family. 

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