Since the release of Pokémon Go earlier this month, users in the United States, the United Kingdom, and New Zealand have gotten into car accidents, been robbed, and stumbled upon dead bodies in rivers, their attention compromised by the need to catch ’em all. The app has since been released in 38 countries, and some government officials appeared to have learned a thing or two from the experiences of the app’s first users.
France’s Minister of Social Affairs and Health Marisol Touraine issued a warning Monday in a tweet addressed to “all trainers,” encouraging Pokémon Go users to exercise caution while using the app. The app debuted in the country Sunday.
À tous les dresseurs : sortez, marchez, c'est bon pour la santé! Mais restez bien attentifs pour éviter l'accident. Bonne chasse! #PokemonGo
— Marisol Touraine (@MarisolTouraine) July 25, 2016
“To all the trainers: Go out, walking is good for your health! But be very attentive to avoid accidents. Happy hunting! #PokemonGo.”
To use Pokémon Go, players must physically wander around real-world locations in search of Pokémon characters. The app taps into a cellphone’s GPS and camera to make Pokémon “appear” against the backdrop of users’ surroundings as they move around. The physical component of the game has prompted many users to increase their overall physical activity, with early reports praising the game for its ability to encourage daily exercise.