Thai police arrest 12 drivers in 24 hours for playing Pokémon GO

Thai police arrest 12 drivers in 24 hours for playing Pokémon GO

BANGKOK — Thai police detained 12 drivers within a single day as they were playing Pokémon Go while driving, local media reported Tuesday.

According to the NNT3 television channel, all the arrested drivers were formally charged with violation of the administrative ban on the use of a mobile phone without a headset while driving. The penalty for this offense can amount up to 1,000 Thai baht (USD29).

Pokémon Go is a free augmented reality mobile game, where the picture displayed on the smartphone screen is projected onto real-world locations. The aim of the game is to catch Pokémon, pocket monsters. It has become a worldwide hit since its launch in July and has already been blamed for a wave of crimes, traffic violations and complaints in cities around the globe.

Amid growing popularity of the mobile application, Thai authorities began to limit the game over security concerns. A police campaign to arrest Pokémon Go players began in Bangkok on Monday. It checks drivers and pedestrians, who might be running along the highway, running across the street, interfering with traffic, while too much involved in the game. PNA/Sputnik/northboundasia.com