A university student in Fukuoka has been suspended after his university learned that he tweeted about drunk driving. The man, a third-year business school student, has been suspended from Fukuoka University for three months following the incident that took place on Tuesday.
According to local media sources, the 20-year-old student returned home from his part-time job and tweeted: "That's the first time I've driven drunk in a while. My heart was pounding." When university authorities were made aware of the message, which does not mention the vehicle that had been driven, they decided to punish the student. It was later revealed that the message was in relation to the student riding a bicycle while under the influence, which is also illegal under Japanese traffic law. A university spokesman was quoted by a TV station as saying: "Writing messages that condone, or seem to condone, drunk driving shows a lack of common sense."
The number of drunk driving offenses in Fukuoka Prefecture last year was the highest in Japan, according to the National Police Agency. Authorities have been trying to crack down on such traffic violations nationwide and universities have also attempted to increase awareness through disciplining their students.© Japan Today