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Pokemon Go app creates safety concerns

Posted at 6:29 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 21:30:58-04

The Pokemon franchise is making a comeback. Pokemon Go is a new app that allows users to be a real life trainer and catch virtual Pokemon in the community through their smartphone. 

The game is designed to get people out and exploring their community. However, some are not exercising safety precautions. 

"A big precaution I have seen so far is people actually walking around the park going into a tree or even hitting a cactus," said Robert Arrellin, a Pokemon Go player. 

Another explained that this game has caused car accidents. 

"I have seen people get into an accident because they are playing Pokemon while driving, which is dumber than texting while driving," shared Karren Pitts. 

The Peoria Police Department shared some helpful safety tips.

 

This app is sweeping the nation with more than 7.5 million U.S. downloads since it launched last week.

If you want to meet up with other trainers, there will be a weekly event at Reid Park.