Pokémon Go raises safety concerns in Lansing

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – If you look around downtown Lansing, you’re bound to see faces buried in phones.

Everyone seems to be playing Pokémon go and traveling to other cities just to catch more creatures.

“We come to Lansing and East Lansing, specifically to catch Pokémon,” Alex Clark said.

While everyone is enjoying finding their Pokémon, some have safety concerns for players.

“Our biggest concern as a personal injury law firm is that when people are playing the Pokémon go game, they’re going to be distracted and that bad things can happen, Stephen Sinas, partner at the Sinas Dramis Law Firm said.

Stephen Sinas is a personal injury lawyer and partner at the Sinas Dramis law firm.

“I see all the time events occurring where people just aren’t paying attention and so the last thing people want to do is hurt someone seriously while playing a game like Pokémon,” Sinas said.

Two people fell off a cliff in California while playing the game, so Sinas says it’s only a matter of time before someone gets hurt here.

“Don’t play Pokémon and drive. We all know that.”

“Me and my friends, we have a system down where if the driver wants to catch Pokémon, the co-pilot, the passenger seat guy has to catch his Pokémon for him, Clark said.

Players say being safe also means paying attention walking near cars.

“I pass the sidewalk and I look over and there’s a car and I’m like, just backed right up and went by.”

While those who love it say it’s a positive activity for all ages, it’s important you don’t get too lost in your phone or you could end up catching Pokémon in the hospital.

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