Lufkin gamers say safety is a concern with 'Pokemon Go'

Lufkin gamers say safety is a concern with 'Pokemon Go'
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - If you have been outside lately, then you've probably run into someone playing "Pokemon Go." With so many people playing the phone game, officials are urging safety with the popular game.

All through Lufkin, groups of people are using all their free time to catch pokemon.

"It gets you active. it gets you going," Kaitlin Kouts said. "I don't know the last time I got up and walked to a place. Usually, I just hop in my car."

Alicia Wilkerson was with her son Hayden in downtown trying to score their favorite character. Wilkerson said it is a good way to keep her son active during the summer.

"You meet new people," Wilkerson said. "He's having fun. It's just a fun thing to do. This game has done in a week to people what Michelle Obama has not done in eight years, and that is get people up and exercise. I have lost a pound over the last week."

The mythical creatures are all over town. They can be found in multiple downtown locations, public areas like the library, and even outside of fire stations.
Rare pokemon are hard to find.

Some gamers have pushed their luck and tried to get creatures in dangerous places like a busy highway. Law enforcement and others are asking people to please not risk their lives. The game has caused enough concern for the Texas Department of Transportation put out a warning discouraging the use of the app while on the road. On their Facebook page, several people have already shared creative campaign posters and slogans for what they are calling 'Don't Pokemon Go and Drive."

"I wouldn't stop in the middle of the road," Wooten said. "Not even for the rare Mutu. I would keep going."

As a parent, Wilkerson said her son is on her mind when she drives.

"If were are in the car together, I hand it to the person in the passenger seat, or I hand it to him," Wilkerson said. "I'm not going to sit there and stop in the middle and cause harm to me or anyone else because it is stupid to play a game that is going to hurt somebody."

Taylor Dillard spent her morning outside the Angelina County Courthouse. Dillard always has safety on her mind.

"You do need to be aware of your surroundings," Dillard said. "For the most part, when we are out walking around, we keep an eye out. If there is a sketchy area, then you do not want to go there."

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