Since it launched, Pokémon Go has been the talk of the town. At this point, even those who have never played seem to know what it’s about. And if you’ve been to a park or mall lately, you’ve probably seen individuals and groups of people searching for rare Pokémon.
Put simply, the game makes people happy and engages them in new and interesting ways. But it could also present safety risks to players, pedestrians, and drivers. To help keep everyone safe, the Honolulu Police Department has the following tips:
1. Don’t catch and drive.
Never play the game while driving, which puts you and others at risk. In addition, using an electronic device while driving could result in a $297 fine.
2. Stay alert.
Whether you're in a group or by yourself, remember to pay attention to your surroundings and belongings at all times.
3. Be mindful of cars.
Always look up when crossing streets or walking in parking lots. Don’t stop in the middle of a street or driveway to catch a Pokémon.
4. Use the buddy system.
Stay in a group and don’t go into unfamiliar or isolated areas, especially at night.
5. Be respectful.
Don’t trespass or damage other people’s property.
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