South San Francisco, CA August 1, 2016
Submitted by Sheri Boles,Operation Lifesaver Authorized Volunteer
The Pokémon Go game launched in early July in the U.S with follow up releases globally throughout the month. The game has become a phenomenon downloaded by over 75 million people worldwide.
This popular augmented reality game received credit for promoting physical activity. Concerns have risen over an increase in accidents and injuries caused by inattentive and distracted players.
Operation Lifesaver pointed out in their recent blog (http://bit.ly/2aDJQs2) that they and their “safety partners want players, parents, and others to be aware that the game may put people at risk, especially if their hunt for Pokémon takes them near train tracks.”
The National Safety Council’s statement addresses the safety concerns for pedestrians and drivers. The Association of American Railroads and many other railroads have issued statements about safety concerns that encourage players to avoid being distracted and not take risks near railroad tracks.
California Operation Lifesaver urges players to remember to avoid distractions and be aware of your surroundings. Never trespass on railroad tracks it’s dangerous and illegal. As the American Association of Railroads warns; Your life… Don’t risk it playing Pokémon Go – Stay Off Railroad Tracks!
Read the Operation Lifesaver complete blog at: http://bit.ly/2aDJQs2 for information and links to safety tips.
Operation Lifesaver’s mission is to end collisions, deaths and injuries at highway-rail grade crossings and along railroad rights of way. A national network of trained volunteers provides free presentations on rail safety. Learn more at http://www.oli.org.