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Be A SAFE Pokemon Master!
With the release of Pokemon GO, millions of people are fulfilling their dreams to be the very best like no one ever was. With this pursuit comes safety issues as well. Here are some tips to stay safe on your road to catch them all!
- Do NOT Drive and Pokemon GO. You put yourself at risk and others at risk. According to the CDC “Each day in the United States, over 8 people are killed and 1,161 injured in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.” This number will only rise as more distractions are introduced. Put your life and others’ above your need for Pokemon.
- Do NOT Drive or ride a skateboard, bike, scooter, etc. while playing. Again, you risk running into people/objects or driving/riding into or over an edge. If you insist on playing while partaking in these activities, rely on the vibrations and noises of the game to alert you to Pokemon and then STOP moving to interact with the game.
- Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings. These are the same words the app greets you with when you launch it and they are absolutely true. Be alert of who and what is around you. If you see a vehicle slowly driving near you, it could be a getaway car for a robber. It is best to play in well-lit areas and in a group if possible. Also, when interacting with a Pokemon, STOP moving. Stay still to toss the pokeballs else you risk running into people/objects, tripping over an object, or falling into a hole/pond/lake. It can happen so stand still when engaging a Pokemon.
- Look up from your phone. You only need to pay minimal attention to your phone. It will vibrate and make noise when a Pokemon appears on screen. Go on a walk to hatch your eggs and just monitor for vibration/sound while keeping your eyes on what is going on around you. If you are trying to track down a specific Pokemon using the footprints, you only need to glance at the screen on occasion to monitor the footprints and adjust direction. Keeping your head up will also alert you to other people, trees, poles and other objects that hurt to run into. Always look both ways before crossing a street.
- Avoid potentially dangerous and private areas. Do not wonder into areas under construction or into the yards of others. There are plenty of Pokemon in the world and just because you saw a Charizard in the construction site or dark alley does not mean you will never see one again. Your life and safety is worth more than a Pikachu, Articuno, and even a Mewtwo. Remember that.
These tips are not all encompassing on the potential issues, but hopefully they will remind you of threats to your safety and the safety of others. Pokemon GO is a fun game and activity to participate in, but it is not worth risking your life or the lives of others. To be the very best like no one ever was, you must also be the very best at safety!
You can use our map HERE to preplan your Pokemon GO route for Pokestops and Gym visits.
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