Yamagata Prefectural Police have sent papers on a road rage case involving a 44-year-old man to public prosecutors. The unnamed suspect allegedly violated the Road Traffic Law by engaging in reckless driving by following the vehicle in front of him at a close distance.
This is the first time an indictment for road rage has been issued in the Tohoku region under Japan’s revised Road Traffic Law, which went into effect on June 30.
According to police reports, the incident occurred at around 1:05 a.m. on Aug 27, Sankei Shimbun reported. The suspect rapidly came up behind a car, driven by a woman in her 20s, and tailgated it for about 500 meters along a municipal road in Yamagata City. The man repeatedly honked his horn and turned on his high beams.
The incident was captured on the woman’s dashcam recorder. Following his arrest, the suspect told police he got annoyed when the woman honked her horn at him for getting too close.© Japan Today