Police warn about Pokémon Go dangers behind wheel

Police warn of Pokemon Go Dangers
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson is warning Pokémon Go players about the dangers of playing behind the wheel.

Henson said officers counted 14 people playing the game while driving and turning into the police department's parking lot to catch them in just one day.

Aaron Veteto, 19, is an avid Pokémon Go player.

"It's just addicting," Veteto said.

Henson said distracted drivers are not aware of their surroundings, saying a driver playing the game might not see a kid walking near the street playing the same game.

"We aren't out just ticketing them," Henson said. "We just want them to be aware."

Henson said he does not want to see a pedestrian injured or worse because of a game.

Veteto said the distraction is worse than texting and advises other not to play while driving.

"I've seen many people stop in the middle of the highway right in front of me just to catch a Pokémon," Veteto said. "I've actually heard reports of pedestrians getting hit."

Luckily, Henson said there have not been any accidents caused by distracted drivers playing the game in Trumann.

That is why he wants local players to be aware, so an accident does not happen there.

Henson said things have calmed down some since the game released two weeks ago.

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Posted by Region 8 News on Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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