Police in Tokyo have arrested a man for riding a bike without brakes on the back wheel -- the first arrest of its kind.
Police said the unemployed 31-year-old man had been stopped by officers many times and cautioned to get brakes on his bicycle. TBS reported he was also given a ticket for being in violation of the Road Traffic Act. When the man refused to pay the fine, he was placed under arrest.
According to police, the man was first cautioned in March 2012 and then again in June 2012 for riding a competition style BMX bike on a public road in Tokyo's Yoyogi neighborhood. Police said the man has ignored the court summons seven times.
The man was quoted by police as saying he never thought he would be arrested for riding a bike without a brake on his rear wheel.
According to the National Police Agency, 3,956 violations by cyclists were logged in 2011, TBS reported Friday.
In Japan, the law requires that bicycles have both front and rear brakes. Failure to install both before riding on a public road is punishable by a fine of up to 50,000 yen.© Japan Today