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Forklift operator arrested on suspicion of drunken driving

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A forklift operator has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after he collided with a truck in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture.

According to police, the accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The male truck driver contacted police after the forklift struck his vehicle and the operator fled, Sankei Shimbun reported. When police arrived at the scene, the suspect, Saburo Ohata, 51, had returned and was given a breathalyzer. Alcohol in excess of the legal limit was detected.

Police said Ohata admitted to purchasing and consuming two 500 ml cans of beer at a convenience store prior to the accident.

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"Police said Ohata admitted to purchasing and consuming two 500 ml cans of beer at a convenience store prior to the accident."

The 2 cans were his dinner! An everyday habit...guilty of eating on the job!

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barley sandwich, haha.

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2 x 500 ml beers will tip the scales.

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Why not? Not like life is going to get better.

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Are forklifts allowed on public roads?

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Apparently the truck driver wasn't injured at all ?

And why is it suspicion of drunken driving when there's a witness and the forklift driver admitted to it

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In our locations, farmers use forklifts on the roads as well as other machinery. They don't have number plates.

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Forklifts are no joke, folks. They may look small, but they weigh more than many passenger cars due to the need for ballast to balance when lifting loads. And the forks themselves are incredibly strong in their own right- they could wreck just about anything, human bodies included.

Ask anyone who's worked in a warehouse environment. Being around a drunk forklift driver is not a place you wanna be.

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Alcoholism, amongst a few others, seems to be a topic nobody in Japan wants to discuss.

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Kyo wa heiwa: "And why is it suspicion of drunken driving when there's a witness and the forklift driver admitted to it"

Can't say he's guilty, by law, until he is formally found guilty and charged.

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What Japan lacks is a good "safety promotion video" on forklifts. Here, one you won't regret watching ;) (pretty efficient, btw)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ChOHnSL7ZCg

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@ebisen. Yes, that’s exactly the fitting video footage. You were some faster… As far as I remember, it’s been produced about 20 or 25 years ago by the logistics worker’s union in my former home country for warning educational purposes, but made it instead quickly onto the index of forbidden videos because of too much disturbing blood and violence. It really was a countrywide hype at that time and everyone had downloaded and watched it. Of course I still keep a local copy of that unique timepiece too…lol

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Haha, glad to see I wasn't the only one trying to promote this masterpiece!

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Don't drink alcohol and drive your forklift !!..

Alcoholism, amongst a few others, seems to be a topic nobody in Japan wants to discuss.

Interesting, tell us how you manage your sobriety, lol

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Arrrgh-TypeOct. 13 09:16 pm JST

Forklifts are no joke, folks. They may look small, but they weigh more than many passenger cars due to the need for ballast to balance when lifting loads. And the forks themselves are incredibly strong in their own right- they could wreck just about anything, human bodies included.

Ask anyone who's worked in a warehouse environment. Being around a drunk forklift driver is not a place you wanna be.

Agreed, as I have seen injuries in a warehouse due to the carelessness of others. I have also seen forklift operators purposely drop loads so that the time to clean up the mess would extend into overtime, which was quite lucrative for them.

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