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In an effort to be the very best, the UCF Police Department is asking students to stay alert and aware of their surroundings when playing Pokemon Go.

Pokemon Go is an augmented-reality mobile video game that uses GPS technology to allow players, also known as Pokemon trainers, to catch virtual creatures, gather supplies at areas called Pokestops and battle other teams at gyms.

"The game has been credited with bringing people together to explore new places and to motivate people to get active and go outside," said UCFPD spokeswoman Courtney Gilmartin in a press release. "Pokémon Trainers, enjoy trying to “catch ‘em all,” but please take the following safety precautions."

Safety tips for Pokemon Trainers: 

  • Don’t drive while playing Pokémon Go.
  • Pay attention where you are walking. Don’t walk into or near traffic.
  • Don’t go places you wouldn’t normally feel safe going.
  • Use the buddy system, especially at night in unfamiliar places.
  • Stay hydrated. (It’s summer in Florida. Please drink lots of water!)
  • Be vigilant at all times.
  • Do not trespass.
  • Be respectful to the people you meet.
  • Have fun!

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Alissa Smith is the News Editor for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @thealissasmith or email her at AlissaS@centralfloridafuture.com.

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