Nintendo’s new virtual reality smartphone game Pokémon Go has taken the Internet by storm, with people running around cities trying to catch more than 100 species of Pokemon. But now, the popular game has Edmonton police out with a warning.
“Please do not look for Pokemon while driving,” Edmonton police tweeted Wednesday morning. “If you’ve gotta catch ’em all, do so safely.”
“It poses a serious risk both to themselves, the general public and anybody who is in the area. It’s a serious risk and it’s something that we would hope doesn’t get any worse than it has already,” Cst. Pierre Lemire with the Edmonton Police Service added.
Please do not look for #Pokemon while driving. If you’ve gotta catch ’em all, do so safely. #DontCatchAndDrive #yegtraffic #yeg
— Edmonton Police (@edmontonpolice) July 13, 2016
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The Pokémon franchise hit in the late 1990s, the goal being to find and capture the cartoon creatures, which can be upgraded and pitted against each other.
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Pokémon Go uses the gamer’s smartphone camera to chase the creatures in their own world. The game has led to reports of injuries from those who are too focused on the game to watch where they’re going.
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Ben Stahlke has been playing around Edmonton and admits he’s had a close call.
“We were crossing the road and all the cars stopped except for one lane. I’m on the my phone. Luckily he was paying attention, and a car zoomed by. It was pretty close but I’m alive,” he said with a laugh.
“I’m paying attention a bit more now.”
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A 19-year-old Wyoming woman said she found a dead body floating in a river while she was “trying to get a Pokémon from a natural water resource,” KTVQ reported
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On Wednesday, Auschwitz banned visitors from playing the game at the former German death camp, calling it “disrespectful on many levels.”
The game hasn’t officially been released in Canada yet, although gamers are finding ways to download the app.
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With files from and Nicole Bogart, Global News.