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Rocky Mount officials request removal of city-owned addresses from Pokemon Go

Posted July 27, 2016

— As Pokemon Go continues to grow in popularity, so do accidents caused by distracted gameplay. While officials in Rocky Mount say they have not had any incidents reported on city property, they are cracking down to ensure the public's safety.

“When the game was first released, there wasn’t any mechanism that would allow us to give any feedback to where the stops and gyms should or should not be located,” said Michael Baughn, property and risk manager for Rocky Mount. “Many of the places the game sends players to are just not safe for the public or for our employees.”

Baughn said places such as electrical substations, fire stations, the wastewater treatment plants and numerous other areas can cause safety issues, especially for distracted players.

“If we could assign where the stops are, I think it could be something the city could entertain,” said Baughn. “But without knowing where all the stops and gyms are, we cannot do our due diligence as required by law. The safety of our residents and employees is paramount for us.”

About 134 city addresses are on the requested removal list, including all parks, the Rocky Mount Sports Complex and the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences.

"We have not had any accidents regarding Pokemon Go, but we wanted to take steps to make sure not accident do take place," said Tameka Kena-Norman, City of Rocky Mount public affairs manager.


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  • Jennifer King Jul 28, 2016
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    Wait - removing parks? That's where people are supposed to be able to walk around safely. Parks are perfect for this game.

    The one in my town at a busy intersection needs to go though.

  • Steven Reynolds Jul 28, 2016
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    With all due respect, anybody that is so stupid and ignorant to fall off a cliff or gets trapped in a tree because of this game, needs to just be culled from the population.

  • Edward Anderson Jul 28, 2016
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    Wow. Who needs Big Brother to watch/control our every move? We have Pokémon!!! (Does anybody else find this extraordinarily disturbing?)

  • Landon Douglas Jul 28, 2016
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    I hope they are successful in this endeavor. Far too many people are getting injured or killed, from all across America. Come on now. Two guys literally walk off the edge of a cliff? Some guy hits a police car, head on? Another driver crosses the center line and kills the driver of the other car he hit? 5000 people in SF, walk down city streets, effectively stopping the flow of traffic for dozens of blocks? This is just getting far too out of hand.