ADOT sign reminds gamers that Pokemon Go is no-go when driving - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

ADOT sign reminds gamers that Pokemon Go is no-go when driving

ADOT is reminding gamers that Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) ADOT is reminding gamers that Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding gamers that Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving.

The week-old smartphone app is soaring in popularity with Pokémon trainers heading to landmarks, parks and neighborhoods to hunt for rare monsters.

The lure of the chase can be strong so the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety want to remind Pokémon trainers that driving and searching for exotic monsters or checking in at PokéStops don't mix.

"Distracted driving takes many forms, even looking for Pokémon," ADOT Director John Halikowski said. "Although we hope you catch 'em all, if you're not focused on driving with your eyes on the road, you're at a higher risk of injuring or killing yourself and others in a crash. No Pokémon is worth that."

To urge Pokémon Go fans to hunt safely, the message "Pokemon Go is a no-go when driving" will be displayed statewide on overhead highway signs this week.

"Distracted driving is not a game," DPS Capt. Damon Cecil said. "Playing Pokémon Go is not worth your life or someone else's."

ADOT officials said #DontCatchAndDrive and when traveling on foot, don't play the game near the road.

Distracted driving contributed to at least 33 fatal crashes and nearly 8,000 distracted drivers were involved in crashes on Arizona roadways in 2015, according to data collected by ADOT. 

[RELATED: 'Pokémon Go' app turns public parks into gaming hotspots]

[RELATED: Pokémon Go leads woman to boy in need]

Copyright 2016 KPHO/KTVK (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.


  • Social Connect

  • Contact

    AZ Family
  • NewsMore>>

  • Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Grand jury indicts Missouri governor who admitted affair

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:35 PM EST2018-02-22 22:35:21 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:35 AM EST2018-02-23 06:35:05 GMT
    A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)A St. Louis grand jury indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    More >>

    A St. Louis grand jury has indicted Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on a felony invasion of privacy charge related to the Republican's affair with a woman in 2015.

    More >>
  • Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Florida school shooting: 'abject breakdown at all levels'

    Thursday, February 22 2018 11:34 PM EST2018-02-23 04:34:46 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 1:34 AM EST2018-02-23 06:34:59 GMT
    (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...(Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP). Mourners attend the funeral service for Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School assistant football coach, Aaron Feis. at the Church by the Glades in Coral Springs, Fla., Thursday, Feb. 22. 2018. Football p...

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect,...

    More >>

    'Abject breakdown on all levels': Florida high school where ex-student accused of fatally shooting 17 people reopening to teachers Friday amid revelations an armed officer on campus did nothing to stop suspect, other issues.

    More >>
  • Texas News Minute

    Texas News Minute

    Thursday, June 8 2017 12:45 PM EDT2017-06-08 16:45:17 GMT
    The latest Texas news from The Associated PressMore >>
    The latest Texas news from The Associated Press.More >>
Powered by Frankly