Poké­mon d’oh! nets man ticket

Po­lice catch driver play­ing game on tablet

StarMetro Vancouver - - FRONT PAGE - David P. Ball

Keep­ing your eyes out for a rare Rowlet, your hand upon the Wee­dle?

Not so fast catch­ing those Poké­mon, say Van­cou­ver po­lice, who fined a man $368 for play­ing Poké­mon Go while driv­ing.

Two mo­tor­bike unit of­fi­cers caught the driver Satur­day, only to get dragged into a de­bate with the man over whether play­ing a video game on a full-size tablet con­sti­tuted “dis­tracted driv­ing.”

“There was some dis­cus­sion back and forth be­tween our of­fi­cers and the driver,” said Van­cou­ver Po­lice De­part­ment spokesman Const. Jason Doucette on Tues­day.

Six­teen months af­ter the GPS-based aug­mented-real­ity game launched to world­wide hype in 2016, po­lice con­tinue to be vexed by the un­safe prac­tices of some play­ers.

The game prompts users mov­ing at high speeds to only play if they’re a pas­sen­ger — not a driver — but there’s cur­rently no other mea­sure in place to pre­vent peo­ple from driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of Poké­mon. As the de­part­ment noted in a tweet on Mon­day, “While play­ing #Poké­monGo may be fun, it’s not worth risk­ing your life or the lives of oth­ers.”

It’s not worth risk­ing your life. Van­cou­ver po­lice

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