Okayama Prefectural Police have announced that a case involving a teenage cyclist accused of violating the Road Traffic Law in June has been sent to the prosecutor’s office.
The high school boy, a resident of Kurashiki City, allegedly obstructed the driver of a car by repeatedly zig-zagging across the lane, Sankei Shimbun reported. The car was driving behind the teenager at the time.
The Road Traffic Law was revised in June 2020 with tougher penalties for reckless drivers, including cyclists. However, it is unusual for a teenager to be indicted for a road rage offense.
The boy swerved his bike back and forth in front of the car for about five minutes at around 11 a.m. on June 28 along a two-lane prefectural road in Kurashiki. This went on for about 1.4 kilometers. The driver of the car, a woman in her 70s, filed a complaint with police. Video footage was also retrieved from the dash cam of the car, which helped police identify the teenager’s bike.
Police said the high school student told them he wanted to annoy a driver, someone who looked like they might not complain, by blocking their vehicle.© Japan Today