If your little monsters are determined to hunt down some spooky Pokémon on their trick-or-treat route this Halloween, be sure that the fun of finding Ghastly or Haunter doesn’t turn into a deadly distraction.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than on any other day of the year.
Excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, the American Automobile Association (AAA) warns, so motorists and parents must be even more alert.
The AAA offers these tips to keep young ones safe on Halloween.
Meanwhile, Pokémon GO’s virtual Halloween update is reportedly drawing players back to the mobile app that took the world by storm earlier this summer.
While catching all the candy could be a healthy alternative to eating all the candy, there are also some side effects that could prove hazardous.
Researchers at San Diego State University and UC San Diego found about 113,000 total incidences of a driver, passenger or pedestrian distracted by Pokémon GO in their review of Twitter postings over just a 10-day period (July 10 through July 19, 2016).
There were also 14 unique crashes—1 player drove his car into a tree—attributed to Pokémon GO in news reports during the same period.
The researchers noted that by rewarding movement Pokémon GO incentivizes physical activity.
“However, if players use their cars to search for Pokémon they negate any health benefit and incur serious risk.”
The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The good news is that injuries and property damage resulting from distracted Pokémon GO users are for the most part covered by insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.).
In its smart road tips for Halloween safety, Consumer Reports advises the public not to use a cell phone or other mobile device while driving and to pull over safely to check voice messages or texts.
Check out I.I.I. facts and statistics on highway safety and distracted driving here.
Wishing all our readers a safe and happy Halloween!