Pokémon d’oh! nets man ticket
Police catch driver playing game on tablet
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