“Pokémon Go” can turn dangerous if players aren’t careful

The object of the game is to catch all the Pokémon you can, you do that by walking around with your cell phone camera on.

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LUDLOW, Mass. (WWLP) – Pokémon go is a cell phone app that’s gotten a lot of attention this past week.

It has people of all ages moving outdoors this summer, but when not played carefully, the app can be dangerous.

The object of the game is to catch all the Pokémon you can, you do that by walking around with your cell phone camera on.

Once you come close to catching a Pokémon you can actually see right through your camera, but until then you’re looking at an animated screen.

“It sort of take you away from your surroundings, people need to be cognizant while they’re walking around with this device, and you need to pay attention to what you’re doing. Some of the problems have been people walking out into traffic. Slipping and falling, bumping and bruising have been most of the complaints,” said Lt., Michael Brennen of the Ludlow Police Department.

“Maybe that’s why more people come to parks because it’s a little bit safer but i think the nature of the game does kind of allow that to happen a little bit,” said Jason Ferreria of Holyoke.

But one avid Pokémon player told 22News there IS a way to prevent this.

“Don’t be the person always looking at their phone. It can be kept down by your side and it vibrates when there’s a Pokémon nearby so you don’t need to be looking at your phone 24/7,” said Jonathan Ventura and Avid Pokémon go player.

If you’re using that app and want it to vibrate when a Pokémon is near, there is no actual setting. You have to keep the game open in your pocket. Keep in mind: if you do that, you may be using a lot of data.

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