Since the introduction of the Pokemon GO game there have been numerous reports of complaints and troublesome incidents where Pokemon GO players have been seen walking through private property and collecting in groups in unusual places around the world. Now Mississauga drivers can read about it much closer to home.
The York Regional Police have given a stern warning to a Mercedes driver who was driving suspiciously in the middle of the night and caught on video by the police helicopter. “Driving under the influence” no longer means exactly what it used to, and it might soon mean impairment by the Pokemon GO game. It might be hard to believe, but driving impaired may soon not mean only driving after drinking or smoking. The Pokemon GO game is continuing to create havoc for citizens as well as police.
The Mercedes that was spotted by a police helicopter from York Regional Police was turning suspiciously and weaving across lanes, as well as driving erratically near a park at 3:23 a.m, while not getting out of the car. It was enough to cause concern, and it was the police who actually posted the video on YouTube. In the video, the police follow the erratic driver who was driving unusually while allegedly playing Pokemon GO.
According to York Regional Police, many citizens have also contacted them to complain about the groups of people wandering across private property and gathering in areas in ways that concerned them. It has resulted in people being alarmed and concerned about safety. According to Technically Incorrect, an online news source, an Oregon Pokemon GO player was stabbed while playing the game, and some Pokemon GO players in Missouri were also robbed by armed thieves while they were playing it. In another case, a sign was reputed to go up on a Canadian lawn telling Pokemon GO players to get off his lawn and get a life.
But for millennials who grew up with the loveable Pokemon GO characters, the game isn’t creating disturbances for residents as much as police helicopters are. It used to be that Pokemon cards were exchanged, much the same as hockey cards were. But when technology took over the game it brought with it a level of absorption that has ended up compromising people’s safety.