Chief Executive of the Road Safety Authority, Moyagh Murdock, has advised Pokémon Go players to be careful.
Her words come after an inquest report that a 15-year-old girl died after stepping out in front of a truck while using her mobile phone. “It just highlights how distracting mobile phones are in particular for the younger generation,” she said.
She added that all road users need to be aware of the dangers of mobile phone usage. “When it comes to pedestrians and cyclists they will always come off worse, so you must be aware of unexpected movement and actions by the vulnerable road user regardless of who is in the right.”
“They will come off worse in the end. So drivers must always be aware at those risky junctions, that something could happen that they’re not expecting especially when there is someone using ear phones or on a mobile,” she told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.
Naturally, drivers are being advised to put their phones away. Baltimore Police recently highlighted the dangers of driving while playing Pokémon Go after a distracted driver crashed into a parked police car.