By now, the Pokémon Go craze has spread almost everywhere in the nation, including Baltimore. While this popular game - which requires players to capture animated Pokémon characters projected on their cellphone screens amid the player's actual surroundings - has coaxed countless kids and adults off the couch, it has also gotten several people injured. In fact, the internet is rife with stories of people walking into traffic, trees and even off rocky ledges as they try to catch Pokémon on their cellphones.
A woman who got into a serious accident when she was 17 because she was texting while driving is hoping that others can learn from her mistake. After taking her eyes off of the road momentarily to read a text message, she crashed into a flatbed truck and had to be transported to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
Under Maryland state law, drivers are not allowed to use handheld devices while driving. This law especially applies to cell phones, which are often used for texting and directions. Texting while driving poses a serious risk for you, your passengers and other drivers because when you are texting, you are not devoting your full attention to driving.
It may not come as much of a surprise to drivers from Baltimore, up the Northeast Corridor to Boston, are more at risk of a car accident than anywhere in the nation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the high levels of congestion on the roads and the omnipresent construction is part of the problem.
Driving really is a full time job. As comfortable as vehicles have become, with plush, heated and cooled leather seats, sound systems that rival the best home stereos and electronics that at times can be overwhelming, it is easy to forget as you are whisked along an interstate highway in Maryland that you are in a vehicle moving at nearly 100 feet per second.