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Taiwan's drivers keep their eyes on Pokemon Go

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>> Taiwanese police have a new kind of offender to chase, Pokemon Go players trying to catch them all while driving. The immensely popular game landed there less than a week ago, and in the first two days of its release, police handed out more than 1200 fines to drivers for playing on the road.
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They're stepping up efforts to stop the trend, but more and more people are finding ways to squeeze in a quick session on the go.>> I'm traveling for a work assignment and I've stopped at this red light, it's a good chance to catch some Pokemon.>> Taiwan's National Freeway Bureau says it's asked game developer Niantic, to find a way of taking the creatures off the roads to avoid accidents.
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But the super fad goes a long way beyond the daily commute. At the Taipei Zoo, many visitors can be seen chasing down virtual creatures instead of looking at real ones.>> I've been pretty unhappy from the moment we got here. He took out his phone and it was just play, play, play, non-stop.
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We went to the penguin house but he just played the entire time under the aircon. I even fell asleep.>> Authorities are urging people to resist the lure of playing in certain areas that have become like magnets for frenzied gamers, among them, the Presidential Palace.