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ADOT sign reminds gamers that Pokemon Go is no-go when driving

ADOT is reminding gamers that Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation) ADOT is reminding gamers that Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving. (Source: Arizona Department of Transportation)
MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The Arizona Department of Transportation is reminding gamers that Pokémon Go is a no-go when driving.

The week-old smartphone app is soaring in popularity with Pokémon trainers heading to landmarks, parks and neighborhoods to hunt for rare monsters.

The lure of the chase can be strong so the Arizona Department of Transportation and Arizona Department of Public Safety want to remind Pokémon trainers that driving and searching for exotic monsters or checking in at PokéStops don't mix.

"Distracted driving takes many forms, even looking for Pokémon," ADOT Director John Halikowski said. "Although we hope you catch 'em all, if you're not focused on driving with your eyes on the road, you're at a higher risk of injuring or killing yourself and others in a crash. No Pokémon is worth that."

To urge Pokémon Go fans to hunt safely, the message "Pokemon Go is a no-go when driving" will be displayed statewide on overhead highway signs this week.

"Distracted driving is not a game," DPS Capt. Damon Cecil said. "Playing Pokémon Go is not worth your life or someone else's."

ADOT officials said #DontCatchAndDrive and when traveling on foot, don't play the game near the road.

Distracted driving contributed to at least 33 fatal crashes and nearly 8,000 distracted drivers were involved in crashes on Arizona roadways in 2015, according to data collected by ADOT. 

[RELATED: 'Pokémon Go' app turns public parks into gaming hotspots]

[RELATED: Pokémon Go leads woman to boy in need]

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