Police Warning Of Pokemon Go

Durham, ON, Canada / channel12

Police forces across Canada are warning of the risks involved in playing augmented reality games such as Pokemon Go as reports mount of people getting injured or landing in trouble as they play the wildly popular game.
The cellphone-based game sends players into the real world to search for digital monsters known as Pokemon, who appear on screen when users hold up their iPhones or Android devices in various locations at various times.
While not officially released in Canada yet, many residents have found workarounds to access the game, which has become a blockbuster hit since launching in the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan last week.
But police forces are worried about the game luring people into potentially dangerous situations and are cautioning players to use their common sense.
In Quebec City, police said two officers suffered minor injuries when a car they observed driving strangely reversed into their cruiser in a parking lot.
A police spokeswoman says the driver told officers “I’m sorry, I was playing Pokemon Go.”
She says police are urging players to be aware of their surroundings.
Similar warnings are being issued by police in other provinces, with some forces employing the online hashtag “don’t catch and drive.

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