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Pokémon Go caused accidents and deaths

Playing Pokémon Go while driving likely led to increased traffic incidents, injuries, and even deaths. That's the conclusion of a new study that cross-referenced traffic accident reports with gaming locations called Pokéstops in Tippecanoe County in Indiana, Ars Technica reports. The gaming-related accidents, which increased by 26.5% near Pokéstops over the first 5 months following the game's release, cost the county up to $25.5 million in damages, including the loss of two lives, the researchers reported in an online Social Science Research Network publication last week. Last November, game developer Niantic made it so players can no longer interact with Pokestops when moving faster than a quick run.


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