Death by Pokemon: Public safety fears mount in Hanoi

From driving accidents to distracted pedestrians and dangerous trespassing, the phenomenal success of Nintendo’s ‘Pokemon GO’ game is fuelling public safety fears throughout Hanoi.


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Two young men play Pokemon Go at a Hoan Kiem Lake in Hanoi.





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Youths gather in groups of 3-4 sitting and wandering around aimlessly at the lake while playing Pokemon Go.




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A few irresponsible young people threaten the lives and safety of others on the roadways in Hanoi playing Pokemon Go while driving a motorbike.




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Driver playing Pokemon Go is more dangerous than any driver under the influence of alcohol on Hanoi’s roadways.



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These two young men playing Pokemon Go rarely look up, making Hanoi roads unsafe to travel on and will undoubtedly cause traffic deaths and injuries to innocent victims.




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This motorcyclist in Hanoi playing Pokemon Go has no clue where he is at.




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These young men suddenly stop on the roadway snarling traffic and endangering safety of others as they follow instructions on Pokemon Go and live in a virtual reality instead of the real reality.




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According to this player who lives in an augmented reality, Pokemon Go tells him where to go to find a virtual creature in the area around the Temple of Literature in Hanoi.




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These two young people think it’s safe to play Pokemon go while driving because they are travelling at a slow speed below 15 km per hour.




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This walker in Hanoi too is lost in the Pokemon Go altered reality.




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Young people on Van Mieu Street in Hanoi playing Pokemon Go while driving.





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These too foolish young men in Hanoi appear mesmerized by Pokemon Go.







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One of the youths excited smile seems to indicate he has caught a Pokemon





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Two other young people lost contact with reality playing Pokemon Go and make a wrong turn.




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These two young men claim to only play Pokemon go for 5-10 minutes daily, but are seen playing it for over one hour on this street corner of Hanoi.





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This youth is at least responsible enough to choose a roadside cafe to sit and play Pokemon Go.





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Mother and teenage son enjoy Pokemon go at restaurant in Hanoi.



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