Police are issuing yet another warning about Pokemon Go, after officers in Vancouver nailed six drivers playing the game in just two days.
The force’s traffic unit took to Twitter, warning drivers that the “#PokeCop gets them all,” after the string of traffic stops.
Those tickets come in under B.C.’s tough new distracted driving penalties, meaning that first time offenders are on the hook for $543.
Earlier this month, as the Poke-phenomon gained steam, the VPD issued a “distracted gaming” warning, asking people to put the phone down while driving, biking, or using skateboards.
It also issued a list of guidelines for players to stay safe:
- Look up – be aware of your surroundings. Are you about to step into traffic? Are you going to crash into someone or something? You could end more than just your game.
- It is very easy for any stranger to know your gathering spots. Make sure you go with a group, and that younger kids tell parents or another adult where they’re going.
- Say no to distracted game playing – don’t play while riding your bike, skateboard, scooter, or while driving.
- Vancouver has lots of public space. Don’t go on or in private property.
It’s just the latest in a string of Pokemon-related police warnings, as the game lures hordes of fans out of their homes and onto the streets in pursuit of the virtual creatures.
This weekend, B.C.’s anti-gang unit, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, issued a warning after it was revealed a Coquitlam Hell’s Angels clubhouse was a Pokemon “Gym,” where players can go to battle head to head.
It has also been the source of conflict, with at least one alleged assault incident after a homeowner became fed up with crowds of game players congregating outside his home.