Texting while driving is an obvious no-no. Playing Pokemon Go when pulled off just by the side of a road isn’t a great idea either ― especially when one’s attention is occupied by eight different phones at once.
Sgt. Kyle Smith of the Washington State Patrol spotted the unidentified Pokemon Go player doing just that in a car parked on the shoulder of a road near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, according to The Smoking Gun.
No citation was issued since Smith did not see the man driving while occupied with the game. But because parking on the road shoulder is only acceptable in emergencies, the officer asked the male driver to put the phones in the back seat and get on with his trip, according to Seattle station KIRO.
Rick Johnson, a public information officer for the state patrol, decided to turn a photo Smith took of the incident into a teachable moment.
Some Twitter users saw the need for a tougher reaction to the potentially reckless behavior.