Taiwan wants Pokemon off its highways


Taiwan has demanded the developers of Pokemon Go make its highways off limits for the augmented reality game after more than 1,200 people were caught playing while driving.

Authorities are grappling with the explosive popularity of the gaming app, which has caused accidents as users hunt virtual creatures in real-world locations.

The National Freeway Bureau said on Wednesday that it has asked the game’s creator, Niantic, not to use the island’s motorways and rest stops.

“We have asked them not to place any Pokemon treasures in areas surrounding highways”, said Chen Ting-tsai, a spokesman at the bureau.

Drivers face fines of NT$3,000 if caught using their phones, while motorcyclist face fines of more than NT$1,000.

Taiwan Railways Administration has also banned Pokemon Go and said it will contact Niantic to remove stations and trains from its game.

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