On August 23, the state Assembly sent Governor Jerry Brown a measure that would prohibit the use of apps and other distracting smartphone technology while driving, including global sensation “Pokemon Go.”
Democratic Assemblyman Bill Quirk of Hayward believes that current distracted driving laws need to be expanded to keep up with technology’s progress and reduce accidents, injuries, and deaths resulting from usage of all smartphone technology and applications.
Many other politicians seem to agree. The Assembly voted 45-16 to approve the proposal and send it to the governor.
“This bill will prevent tragedy,” said Republican Assemblyman Tom Lackey of Palmdale, a former California Highway Patrol sergeant.
However, there are detractors, such as Republican Assemblyman Travis Allen of Huntington Beach, who think the bill’s language is too broad and cannot be enforced in real life.
Whatever the case, it cannot be denied that Pokemon Go poses a danger on the road. There have been a number of accidents in recent months, including a fatal pedestrian crash in Japan, connected to the augmented reality monster collection app.
“This is a momentous bill that, if it passes, has a good chance of actually saving lives,” said a representative of Wilshire Law Firm.