In the world of Pokemon Go, perennial pokevillains Team Rocket are less of a danger than oncoming cars and unintentional trespassing.
The Town of Morrisville released an advisory Wednesday afternoon asking residents to take care in their pursuit of animated quarry.
“We have seen an increase of folks stopping their vehicles in the middle of a few of our local streets in order to locate a Pokemon,” Police Chief Patrice Andrews said in an email.
The hit mobile game allows players to find and capture cartoon creatures on their phones by traveling to specific locations in the real world. The result of all this exploration has been hordes of distracted pedestrians descending upon private property and public parks around the world. Two players have uncovered dead bodies, and a Bosnian nonprofit recently asked players there to pay attention to signs warning of uncleared minefields.
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Morrisville’s advisory, though somewhat less dire, advises players not to park in fire lanes, trespass or stop in traffic while playing the game. The release was issued at the request of Andrews and the police department.
“Playing Pokemon while driving is seriously dangerous and can harm you or those around you,” the release stated. “Pikachu is not worth it!”
Gargan: 919-460-2604; @hgargan