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Sheriff: Drivers admit to playing ‘Pokemon Go' before crashing

Sheriff: Drivers admit to playing ‘Pokemon Go' before crashing

MADISON, Wis. - Dane County officials are reminding drivers to pay attention to the road after two different drivers admitted after they crashed to being distracted by "Pokemon Go."

Dane County sheriff's deputies responded to two vehicle crashes in the early morning hours of Saturday where drivers admitted to playing "Pokemon Go" while they were driving, according to Mahoney.

At 2:35 a.m., a 25-year-old Madison man failed to negotiate a curve on Shady Oak Lane in the town of Verona and hit a pole, officials said.

He was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, and cited for first-offense operating while intoxicated and inattentive driving.

At 6:27 a.m., a 26-year-old Fitchburg man drove off the road at 6585 Whalen Road in the town of Verona, officials said.

According to Mahoney, the 26-year-old hit a tree, and his Mitsubishi Galant started on fire.

Officers are using this example as another opportunity to remind drivers not use "Pokémon Go" while driving.

"When you're charged with the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle, any action that results in your in tentative operation can result in your death or great harm to yourself or others," Sheriff Dave Mahoney said.

Mahoney added, that just like texting while driving, "Pokemon Go" is unsafe.

"I just hope we don't have to come up with a law forbidding Pokémon," Mahoney said.

The driver was able to get out of the vehicle, and was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. He was cited for first-offense operating while intoxicated, not having insurance and operating left of center.


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