The Traffic Stop: Pokemon Go

By MPD Sergeant Mo Hawkinson
July 21, 2016

At MPD, we know other agencies have addressed the recent launch of #PokémonGo -an entertaining geo-caching app for your phone, but we’d like to add our two cents for our favorite community and those nearby. 

Our best recommendation is: DESIGNATE A POKEPILOT.

A pilot’s only responsibility is to steer, guide, or lead –not to hunt Pokémon. Find a friend or family member who will drive and scout for dangers you might miss when your focus is on the game. We’ve seen folks enter or stop in the roadway (while driving or walking) without regard for other vehicles on the road. This is obviously dangerous for the player and for everyone else. A pilot can also watch for suspicious characters –who aren’t in the game and may go unnoticed when your attention is on your latest catch.

We’d also like to share a few reminders… The City of McPherson has curfews in place for its parks and its young people. It is unlawful for anyone to be in any park or recreation facility owned by the City or to park on any street or parking area within same from 12 a.m. to 6 a.m. It’s also unlawful for anyone under 16 years old to be in any public place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. unless accompanied by a parent, guardian, or an adult designated by a parent or guardian. Additionally, the Cemetery is closed at sundown on any given day and until 7 am the following morning. It would be the height of disrespect to be gaming where a service is taking place; find somewhere else to hunt. Also, be respectful of private property and aware of “No Trespassing” signs. We don’t want to see folks in trouble who are only out to have a good time.

Lastly, HAVE FUN! We’re glad to see folks outdoors, enjoying one another’s company. Our Officers may have spotted a few Pokémon around too –just enjoy SAFELY & RESPECTFULLY!

On most Tuesdays, MPD addresses a topic dealing with traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. This week Tuesday was busy, so it’s being shared on Wednesday. The “Traffic Stop” is organized by the Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau. Have a topic you’d like us to feature in a future “Traffic Stop”? Send your suggestions to us via private message at McPherson KS Police Department.