Police step up campaign against drunk driving for party season


The National Police Agency over the weekend stepped up its campaign nationwide against drunk driving ahead of the party season in December.

In Tokyo, from late Saturday night until 6 a.m. Sunday, police conducted checks on drivers at 108 locations, including Shibuya, Roppongi, Shinjuku and at entrances to expressways.

Many companies have Christmas and year-end parties (bonenkai), and police are anxious to ensure there are no traffic accident fatalities.

Police will also boost their presence at 12 of Tokyo’s busiest train stations to prevent fights and accidents involving drunken commuters. Police said that in recent years, there has been an escalation in violence and accidents at stations such as Shinjuku, Tokyo, Shibuya, Roppongi, Ikebukuro and Ueno. According to police, most of the incidents involve binge drinkers and occur between 10 p.m. and 1 a.m.

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There is no excuses for drinking alcohol and driving. Taxis available everywhere. Cant afford a taxi? Drink at home or izakaya near your house. Anyone caught drink driving should be in prison for 20 years, minimum. Simple as that.

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They say this every year, maybe actually enforce it?

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Always the same the ones that can't control themselves because of alcohol...

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How about all year round.........

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Is drunk driving a big issue here?  Is fighting and rowdy behavior also a big deal?  This article makes it sound worse than it is in my experience.

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first, they need to report the number of drunk drivers at those 108 locations, names also. 2nd, get caught one time and it's automatic 1 year suspension no questions. stop playing with these fools

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These kenmon are held in the same places at the same times every year. How stupid would you have to be to get caught?

Stupid drunk?!

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If Japan would stop selling alcohol and move the factories outside Japan then there would be no drunks on the road.

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I remember one night having a Japanese police officer walk up to my car at a busy intersection in December when the light was red. He was a young guy and asked me to blow in his face. I felt sorry for the guy thinking that some people must have really bad breath with garlicy food, cigarettes, etc. Not a job I'd envy.

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@stormcrow, was that then a Japanese ‘random breath test’?

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no not do nothing.  but making this a priority also seems like a bit of displacement actvity.

As is said, this article makes it sound like it is a massive issue.

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