The smart phone app “Pokémon Go” involves users wandering around to explore their surroundings to catch Pokémon through augmented reality. Law enforcement agencies are beginning to see an increase in players being injured by motorists and cyclists as they play in poorly lit areas at night, or cross streets and other paths. In an effort to prevent any such accidents from occurring here within our city, the Punta Gorda Police Department is offering free reflective vests and flashing lights to any players who stop in the police department and request them. Parents are also welcome to stop in on behalf of younger players.
We support the enjoyment of all of our parks, pathways, and businesses, and hope to ensure pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists safely coexist in our community.
Please consider the below advice while hunting Pokémon:
- Users need to respect places of businesses and private property.
- Don’t wander around distracted! Be aware of where you are and who is around you at all times.
- Don’t try to catch Pokémon and drive – distracted driving is a major safety hazard.
- Distracted walking is also a major hazard. Pay attention to where you are walking and be aware of intersections and busy roads.
- Don’t play alone. Users should travel in groups and again, practice situational awareness.
- Report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement.
We encourage everyone to stop in the police department, located at 1410 Tamiami Trail, and receive your free gear.
Lieutenant Katie Heck
Punta Gorda Police Department
(941) 575-5525 – office
(941) 626-1850 – cell