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“Pokemon Go” Poses Risks To Those On The Road

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DENVER – July 20, 2016 – “Pokemon Go” is a new popular app capturing the nation’s attention. Players are tasked with capturing Pokemon by maneuvering through neighborhoods, parks, city centers, public transit stations and even busy streets. While the game is geared towards those playing on foot at speeds less than 20 miles per hour, many are playing while they are passengers in a vehicle or even while driving themselves. All of this could pose danger to drivers on the road.

Earlier this month, Allstate released its annual America’s Best Drivers Report which revealed the average driver will experience a collision once every 10 years and 26% of vehicle collisions are the result of distracted driving. As if emailing and texting while driving weren’t distracting enough, this new game could create additional distractions while driving.

National safety experts say drivers are now spending more time on the road and suffering more fatal collisions than recent years.

“We encourage people playing ‘Pokemon Go’ to be aware of their surroundings at all times and not to play while driving,” says Allstate spokesperson Halie Peddle. “Rather than keeping your eyes glued to the screen looking for digital monsters, it’s best to keep your eyes on the road and watch out for real dangers.”

To help keep drivers safe, Allstate offers the following safety tips when driving:

  • Leave room between you and other vehicles. Cars can stop suddenly if the driver is hunting for a digital Pokemon. Try to avoid rear-end collisions by leaving more space and time to react to other vehicles’ actions.
  • Minimize distractions while driving. Distracted driving is one of the main causes of collisions. Refrain from texting, playing “Pokemon Go” or taking pictures of digital monsters while driving.
  • Allow plenty of time to reach your destination. Be aware that pedestrians may be distracted when crossing the street and if they are hunting for digital monsters there may be sudden movements including change of pace or sudden stopping. Allow plenty of time to notice if a pedestrian is aware of their surroundings or if their eyes are glued to their phone.
  • Stay alert. Watch for large groups congregating around busy streets and landmarks hunting for digital monsters and engrossed in their phones rather than the environment around them. Be prepared to frequently stop or slow down for pedestrians or other vehicles.

Be safe out there and happy hunting for Pokemon while keeping the key safety tips in mind.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, protecting approximately 16 million households from life’s uncertainties through auto, home, life and other insurance offered through its Allstate, Esurance, Encompass and Answer Financial brand names. Now celebrating its 85th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®.” Allstate agencies are in virtually every local community in America. In 2015, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners gave $36 million to support local communities.

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