Don’t hunt for Pikachu on freeways

Don't poke Pokemon on the highway. Image: Newspress
ARE YOU STUPID, OR WHAT? Don’t poke Pokemon on the highway. Image: Newspress

LONDON, England – With the world going Pokemon GO crazy UK road safety charity IAM Roadsmart is urging drivers not to go on the hunt for Squirtle at Spaghetti Junction, Jigglypuff on the M1 or Magikarp on the M4.

The new Pokemon Go mobile phone craze swept the world this week but IAM RoadSmart has reminded drivers not to play the game while at the wheel.

The Corner thinks that is a no-brainer but, in the interests of road safety here in South Africa, we’ll add our voice: DON’T BE BLOODY STUPID!


The game allows fans to seek out Pokemon characters in real-life settings via a mobile phone but IAM RoadSmart fears that young drivers, especially, could go looking for Pikachu and his pals on the roads.

Samson Ruwangu, IAM RoadSmart digital content executive, 23, said: “Kids and adults alike are going crazy for this game but the risk is that some people are going to be playing it at the wrong time – and driving a car is the last place you should be looking for Pidgey, Rattata or the others.

“I nearly tripped over playing this game. Pokemon GO makes you concentrate on catching characters and it takes hand-eye co-ordination.”

Research conducted in 2015 by IAM RoadSmart showed how, to some, smartphone use has become an addiction.


About 8% of drivers admitted driving while using a video-calling application such as FaceTime or Skype to make and receive video calls, rising to 16% among 18 to 24-year-olds.

It found 9% of drivers admitted taking a selfie while driving within “in the last month”. This increases to 15% of young drivers aged 18-24 and 19% of those aged 25-35. Women are less selfie-obsessed than men – only 5% admitting taking a selfie while driving compared to 12% of men.

Ruwangu added: “Looking out for Eevee, Weedle and the rest is great fun but please keep concentration on what matters – watching the road.

“Psyduck can wait until later.”



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