Safety officials issue warning about Pokémon GO

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Friday, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) issued a warning about driving while playing Pokémon GO.

Pokémon GO is a new gaming application for smartphones that was released Wednesday.

The game uses a phone’s GPS and camera to allow players to search the real world for virtual Pokémon. Players try to collect as many Pokémon as possible.

“The cool thing about Pokémon GO is that there are Pokémon literally everywhere, as long as you have a GPS signal,” said player Kathryn Gentry. “I was in Nashville yesterday at the Frist, and I caught Pokémon while I was going throughout the exhibits.”

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More than a dozen people were at Veterans Memorial Park in La Vergne Sunday, searching for Pokémon.

One family was seen driving while searching for the so-called pocket monsters. Players have also been searching near the La Vergne Police Department, according to a department source, which officers have discouraged.

The THSO’s Facebook post said, “Wait. Park. Then, Pokémon GO! Do NOT use mobile gaming apps while driving.”

Other states are warning its residents about the game. According to the O’Fallon, Missouri Police Department, armed robbers used Pokémon GO to target victims early Sunday morning.

The Washington Department of Transportation tweeted on Friday, “If your weekend includes looking for #Eevee on #PokémonGO, please do so safely. No Pokémoning from behind the wheel.”

The game includes a warning to players which says, “Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings.”

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