As the Pokémon Go phenomenon explodes in popularity, drivers in Seattle, Washington State and around the country are being reminded to use common sense while playing the new mobile game.
Tweets from various transportation and police departments all over the U.S. have been urging players not to drive distracted as they seek out the nearest PokéStops and other game features.
The hashtag #dontcatchanddrive and images of popular game characters are being widely used on Twitter to catch the attention of Pokémon fans who might otherwise be face down in their phones. Players were being encouraged to use public transportation and to be careful crossing streets.
— Washington State DOT (@wsdot) July 8, 2016
— seattledot (@seattledot) July 8, 2016
— Ohio State Patrol (@OSHP) July 11, 2016
— Truckee Police (@TruckeePolice) July 11, 2016
— Pokémon GO News (@PokemonGoNews) July 11, 2016
— UF Public Safety (@UFPublicSafety) July 11, 2016
— HART (@GoHART) July 11, 2016
Because Pokémon Go requires users to get off the couch and move around town to acquire items, people are racing from point to point in an attempt to excel at the game against other “trainers.” Driving obviously speeds that process.
But as show character Officer Jenny warns in a tweet from the Regina, Saskatchewan, police department, catching responsibly is important.
— Regina Police (@reginapolice) July 11, 2016
And because the craze is permeating just about all levels of conversation, the Washington State Department of Transportation used Pokémon characters to drive home an additional point about carpool lane restrictions.