California legislators are moving to ban Pokemon Go trainers who like to drive and play. Similar to the texting while driving laws, the safety measure looks to decrease driver distractions while operating a motor vehicle. According to the Los Angeles Times, Governer Jerry Brown already has a proposal on a bill that would make driving and playing Pokemon Go illegal.
The bill basically expands the existing text while driving law, and bans the use of any handheld device in any way while driving. The bill is important because it would overturn a previous California Court of Appeal ruling that only made it illegal for you to make calls while driving.
Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) had this to say about the bill;
“It’s an important step in reducing distracted-driving accidents, injuries, and deaths,”
The bill comes on the heels of several traffic accidents and fatalities reported in Japan. Most of these incidents occurred while drivers were playing the augmented reality game. One of the extremely tragic events included a woman in her early 20s being run over by a car, whose driver was busy trying to catch them all.
There’s been other safety concerns regarding Pokemon Go, but this is the first move to make Pokemon Go illegal for drivers. As part of their update, Niantic has included a warning message, stating that Pokemon Go players should never drive while playing.
While the new bill may be bad news to some, it’s a positive move towards increasing vehicle safety. We’ve all heard the Pokemon Go news that often sound too crazy to be true, but sadly are. So for those who think that lawmakers are going overboard, the bill doesn’t make Pokemon Go illegal, it just makes it illegal to play while driving.
What do you think of this new bill? Do you agree with California lawmakers? Do you think that the bill to make Pokemon Go illegal for drivers is a good idea? Let us know in the comment box below!