The latest mobile sensation Pok?mon Go has swept the UK with people walking around trying to catch the augmented reality creatures that were made famous by the card-trading and video games of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
However, the return of this popular game has created one very serious problem. Drivers have been spotted playing the game while behind the wheel, putting other road users at risk.
But one cyclist is highlighting the problem to the Metropolitan Police by videoing drivers playing the game.
Since Friday, the cyclist – who only wants to be known as ‘The Legend of Justice’ – has caught two people in the act with his helmet camera and he told the London Evening Standard: “After being hit 7 times since 2009, I think it’s time to clean up the streets. I am no vigilante. I just report as it happens.”
The first video The Legend of Justice uploaded to YouTube was when he caught a BMW driver playing the game in Warwick Road in Westminster. The cyclist crosses the road and questions the unsuspecting driver, who quickly hides his phone and sheepishly says “no”.
In a second video, the cyclist is heading towards Trafalgar Square when he spots another driver playing the video game. It is also clear in this footage that the person was playing the game while in traffic.
Both IAM RoadSmart and the Freight Transport Association have issued warnings to drivers since the game’s release, saying that they should keep their eyes on the road instead of playing the mobile game. But as this footage shows, many are ignoring the warning and putting other road users at risk.
After completing his university studies in English and Creative Writing in Cardiff, Jack is now a full time motoring writer at Blackball Media. His love of cars stems from his childhood years when he began to live and breathe all-things automotive.