Police Issue Safety Advisory About Pokémon Go - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Police Issue Safety Advisory About Pokémon Go

Published July 20, 2016

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Icelandic police have had to deal with enough Pokémon hunters to feel it necessary to release a statement on the subject.

Vísir reports that police pulled over a couple who had driven the wrong way up a one-way street last weekend. By way of explanation, the driver told the officer that he and his girlfriend were hunting Pokémons.

“Summer is here, and there are lots of people on the streets and the sidewalks, knowing that drivers hunting Pokémons by car is a bad idea,” police in Suðurnes said in a statement on Facebook. “Everyone knows the dangers that can arise from being in your phone and driving and the same time, and that there is nothing so important that it can’t wait a few minutes.”

As reported, Pokémon Go was already hugely popular even before the game was officially released in Iceland last weekend.

“It is our understanding that the Pokémon craze is the best exercise,” police add. “We encourage people to go outside and walk around town in search of these creatures.”

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