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Drunk student drives motorbike into Kyoto pedestrian mall

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Police have arrested a 20-year-old university student who drove his motorbike into a pedestrian mall on Sunday, running over a young boy.

According to police, the incident occurred at around 10:30 a.m. in Shimogyo Ward. Sankei Shimbun quoted police as saying that Doshisha University student Tetsuya Tokunaga was well above the legal blood alcohol limit when he was arrested.

Witnesses said that Tokunaga drove his bike into a pedestrian mall on Teramachi-street, hitting a 5-year-old boy. The boy sustained minor injuries to his head and neck. A store clerk who saw the incident ran after Tokunaga and was able to detain him 250 meters away. Police conducted a breathalyzer test and arrested the intoxicated college student.

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Intoxicated at 10:30 in the morning? Sounds like he has a career in politics ahead of him.

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Tokunaga was well above the legal blood alcohol limit when he was arrested.

A thimble of beer is probably well above the legal limit, as there's zero tolerance here.

The bigger crime (IMO) is trying to escape after hitting a child.

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He hit only one person? in Teramachi? That's a miracle in itself. Glad the boy's okay, and the clerk should get a medal, if not a raise.

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Um. Drunk driving at around 10:30 a.m.? Unbelievable! It's a blessed relief for the 5-year-old boy to have escaped with minor injuries. It could have been worse.

And I'd like to give credit to the store clerk for taking courageous action.

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It is my understanding that in Japan, unlike most western countries, bikes are permitted on the sidewalks and are supposed to generally stay off the roads. My wife confirmed this, but I wonder if anyone here know for sure.

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TrevorPeace: He hit only one person? in Teramachi? That's a miracle in itself. Glad the boy's okay, and the clerk should get a medal, if not a raise.

Well, lucky it was only 10:30am on a Sunday because if it had been two hours later the place would have been packed!!!

I know they need to get vehicles into Teramachi and other shopping street malls to do work and bring in stock but they have to figure out a way to block access to motor vehicles during business hours like they do in Europe with those pop up traffic bollards and make it so it's harder for motorcycles and bicycles to be in those places. You wouldn't see someone riding their bike in a mall so why would we expect to have someone flying by you in places like Teramachi.

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@badman, the bike/sidewalk protocol in theory is only on stretches that are marked with a blue bike symbol. But anarchy reigns and mama charis are peddled willy nilly without regard for the law. People who ride nicer racing cycles almost always use the street. I like the street because the surface is smoother and faster, the crossing laters change later, and cars usually are careful about bikes that stay off to the side of the road. The law says bike with traffic on the left.

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He needs a good slap.

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@Badman bicycles are normally not an issue, but Motorbikes is a no no!

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I say get the young boy after he's recovered a scholarship to Doshisha - the university should be ashamed enough to admit it admitted the wrong student to college, and have this Tokunaga jerk forfeit all the money so the kid who got hit gets a head start; if I had been the clerk and noticed this bum was drunk I would've (surreptitiously) broken a few ribs "accidentally" [hurting a small {5 year-old} boy like that! The worthless piece of shit!!]

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