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12/03/2021 05:21:58 pm

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Over 300 Pokemon Go Players Fined in Taiwan, Game Been Banned for 2 Days

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(Photo : Photo by Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images) People play the Pokemon Go game at a park at Tin Shui Wai in Hong Kong.

Police in Taiwan have fined up to 349 citizens for playing the Pokemon Go game while driving their cars, motorcyles and scooters.

According to Shanghaiist, people in Taiwan who are caught playing the game while driving their cars are made to pay 3,000 NTD ($95.21), while scooter riders are fined 1,000 NTD ($31.74). People who walk while playing the game and cause obstruction are fined 300 NTD ($9.52).

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Pokemon Go was introduced in China, Taiwan, and other neighboring countries on July 25. It has been a hit among gamers. 

According to Taiwan Railway Administration, people have been caught playing the game in train stations and on railway tracks.

In line with this, the police have started prohibiting citizens from playing the game in public since Aug. 6.

Taiwan's Ministry of National Defense has also warned players to avoid using the app when they are near military camps and other government-prohibited areas to avoid risking national security. Beijing expressed the same sentiments a few days ago when the city's military officials also sent a public warning to its citizens.

Even Taiwan's incumbent Premier, Lin Chuan, joined the Pokemon Go bandwagon and reminded the public through his Facebook account to "catch the rare creatures, but don't let accidents catch up with up with you."

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