The government has finalized details for tougher penalties for "dangerous" bicycle riding, which includes using smartphones while on a bike.
Up until recently, individuals caught and charged with dangerous operation of a bicycle were given verbal warnings, and or handed a ticket for violating traffic laws. Inn June 2013, the government passed a law stating that repeat offenders would be obligated to take a safety course.
This week, cabinet officials decided upon 14 "dangerous" operation guidelines for which offenders will be penalized, NTV reported Wednesday.
These include ignoring traffic lights, riding while intoxicated, using a smartphone while riding a bike, riding bikes without brakes and ignoring crossing gates at train tracks. Should a person (over the age of 14) be charged more than two times in a span of three years, he or she may be fined up to 50,000 yen and be obligated to attend a three-hour safety course before being allowed to return to the road.
The new law goes into effect on June 1 this year.© Japan Today