Expect to be ticketed if you play Pokemon Go while driving

Expect to be ticketed if you play Pokemon Go while driving

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Shelby County Sheriff's Office said deputies will not hesitate to write tickets for people playing Pokemon Go while driving.

"These people are like zombies," Shelby County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Earle Farrell said. "They're just going through hedges and wherever their phone takes them, that's where they're going."

Farrell said Pokemon Go is causing problems. He said more than 5,000 people playing the game showed up at Shelby Farms over the weekend.

"We had one incident at Shelby Farms, where a little girl was crossing the road and somebody driving a car was looking down at their phone," Ferrell said.

The driver just barely missed slamming into the girl.

Garrett Galtelli was one of those 5,000 people at the park playing Pokemon Go.

"It was chaos. It was pretty cool, though, like to see all those people," Galtelli said.

Galtelli said there's a lot of upside to the game, but he recognizes that some people are reckless when they play. He even saw a woman risk her life Monday.

"She took off running across the street right here on Madison, which is like--that wasn't the best of decisions," Galtelli said.

While there's not much they can do about people being careless on foot, Farrell said the sheriff's office isn't going to stand for people being careless behind the wheel while they're playing.

"We're going to start writing paper. It's distracted driving, and if you're seen doing it, we don't have to prove what you were doing," Farrell said. "If you're looking down at your phone, you're distracted."

Galtelli said Pokemon Go is a great game people should be enjoying, but he thinks the key is to always stay aware of your surroundings.

"You just got to be smart. Just don't be dumb," Galtelli said.

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