Admit it, who’s guilty of being addicted to Pokémon GO?
Over the weekend, a man from Pahang was flagged down for playing the extremely popular game while driving along Jalan Stadium in Kuantan, Pahang. The police gave him a RM300 summons for the offence.
The Malay Mail reported that the said driver and his friends decided to drive around town to effectively catch Pokémons. But at around 11am on Saturday (6th August), he was asked to stop by a traffic policeman on a motorcycle as he tried to catch a Pokémon.
“When the traffic police officer saw our phones displaying the image of Pokémon Go and knew we were playing the game of catching the monsters, the officer couldn’t resist laughing. But the police officer later continued to warn us that we cannot use mobile phones while driving and issued us this summons,” he said.
Yesterday (7th August), Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai took to Twitter to remind Malaysian drivers to “don’t Pokémon GO and drive”.
— Liow Tiong Lai (@liowtionglai) August 7, 2016
In several countries such as UK, US, and Australia, the police have warned motorists not to play Pokémon Go and drive as there have been many road accidents happening due to the game.
Pokémon GO was made available in Malaysia on Saturday (6th August) and the augmented reality game has been so successful that Apple said that it was “the most downloaded app in a first week ever”.
Though we know that the game is extremely addictive and fun, we’d like to remind our readers that Pokémon Go is meant to be played while walking around not while driving on the road.