Australian council issues warning as Pokemon Go-ers take over street and cause traffic chaos

July 27, 2016 8:30 pm

The game is now the most downloaded app in , making it more popular than Tinder or Snapchat. Photo / Youtube

Footage has emerged of traffic chaos around a popular Pokestop at
Rhodes with enraged motorists dicing with witless pedestrians oblivious
to the danger.
The crazy scenes show Pokefans running in front of
cars as drivers honk their horns and try to navigate their way through
the crowd spilling on to the roadway. The video emerged on social media
after residents had been criticised for over-reacting to the hundreds of
people playing the game Pokemon Go around their apartment buildings and
in nearby parks.
This follows Canada Bay Council warning to
rowdy gatherings of players and calls for the game to remove some of the
three Pokestops that are nearby.
Council has engaged extra rangers to manage the crowds of Pokemon Go players who converge nightly on Peg Paterson Park.

Based
on the 1990s Pokemon phenomenon, the game is now the most downloaded
app in Australia, making it more popular than Tinder or Snapchat.
It
involves lures that can be bought and dropped by players at any
“Pokestop” (or landmark) to benefit all nearby players. Over the past
week, the inner west, and in particular Rhodes, has had an influx of
visitors due to the Pokemon Go craze.
A council spokeswoman urged
players to “play safe and be considerate”. “While the City of Canada
Bay encourages our residents and visitors to enjoy our public places, we
also remind everyone, particularly those playing the game, to stay safe
and be considerate of the local community,” she said.
“In response to the phenomenon, council is working closely with local police to monitor and deal with to any issues that arise.
New
signs have been installed around the park, reinforcing legislation
surrounding noise levels, smoking near play equipment and littering.

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