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Elementary school employee whose license expired 20 years ago arrested over hit-and-run

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An employee at an elementary school in Matsubara, Osaka Prefecture, has been arrested on suspicion of reckless driving resulting in injury.

According to police, Kazuhiro Yamada, whose driving license was revoked 20 years ago, was driving his vehicle when he went through a red light and collided with another car on National Route 309 at around 6 p.m. on Sept 23, Sankei Shimbun reported Friday. 

The three passengers in the car he collided with suffered minor injuries such as sprained necks. Yamada fled the scene right after the accident.

Police said Yamada, who works at Yao Shiritsu Minami-Takayasu Elementary School in Yao, was arrested on Thursday. They said he has admitted to the charge and quoted him as saying he kept going because he didn’t want anyone to find out he didn’t have a license.

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he kept going because he didn’t want anyone to find out he didn’t have a license

He left the scene of the accident with no regard for the welfare of the people he hit. His only concern was his selfish and cowardly attempt to avoid trouble. Please make sure he gets jail time. He definitely deserves it.

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So if Yamada san didn't have a driving licence, if he had insurance, would it be null and void? Its a miracle that no one was servilely injured or killed, what would happen then? jail time? why didn't he have a driving licence? what a fool.

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Elementary school employee whose license expired 20 years ago arrested over hit-and-run

When I first saw this title, I thought it was his teacher's license that expired. Always important to read through articles before judging.

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I'd be interested to know why he lost his license 20 years ago.

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krustytheclown - I'd be interested to know why he lost his license 20 years ago

I’d be interested to know how he has been able to continue driving for so long without being caught. Perhaps the j-cops are not doing enough patrolling to detect such menaces.

No no licence means no insurance. You need a licence to get vehicle insurance in Japan. He may have used another person to get insurance, but it would be void for an unlicensed driver. He’s lucky he didn’t kill somebody. Lock him up and make it very public for all the other jokers driving around without a licence. There was one old fella caught maybe two years ago who hadn’t had a licence for 35 years.

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He's not a teacher, just a school employee.

Is that really pertinent to the crime? Are schools expected to monitor the driving license status of their employees?

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Is that really pertinent to the crime? Are schools expected to monitor the driving license status of their employees?

If they are like my company, then yes, as where I work they have insurance on all of us employees, and if we use a vehicle to commute, and if we have an accident on the way to, or going home from work, the insurance kicks in. So every year we do submit a copy of our license, the folks who drive anyway, along with other documentation.

However I totally agree with you here, what they have done now is get this guy fired.

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I wonder whether Yamada was a weekend driver. Perhaps he commuted to work via the train or bicycle which may explain why he was able to keep his driving status a secret for so long.

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 he kept going because he didn’t want anyone to find out he didn’t have a license.

How did that work out for you?

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