Police officers have been instructed to come down hard on traffic violators distracted by the new popular mobile phone app ‘Pokemon Go’.
Police Headquarters have ordered traffic police to be especially wary of motorists and pedestrians playing the app – which has been become a global sensation.
“The police cannot know if someone is playing this game or is talking on the phone,” said Traffic Police Chief Yiannakis Charalambous.
“But the moment a motorist is caught with phone in hand then he or she will be fined €85 and have points deducted. Motorists need to know that playing with this phone app and driving is strictly prohibited.”
Players use the smart device’s GPS and camera to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokemon, who appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player. The game supports in-app purchases, which are used for additional gameplay items.
“Those going through red lights or generally just driving recklessly because they are playing with the specific game will be fined,” continued Charalambous.
“The same applies to a motorist driving too slowly – because he or she is occupied with the phone app.”
“Fines do not only count for motorists. Pedestrians too will get into trouble with the law if they, for example, stray into a road without going through the designated crossing or if they enter a private property.”
Earlier this week, Diko MP Angelos Votsis caused a stir on social media by calling for the app to be banned in Cyprus because ‘it endangers lives’.