View Full Version : Drinking driving in Japan.
2003-08-11, 10:29 PM
While drink driving in any country is very reckless thing to do, in some countries the
penalties dont seem to be up to task of promoting responsible driving.
However I have heard that Japan has brought in tough new legislation regarding driving under the influence. I have not been able to find the correct or acurate applicable
information on this subject.
From what I have heard; Zero tolerance is now in force, If you are stopped on the
road and test positive for any blood alcohol level what soever, you are gone!
Also if there are passengers in the car who knowingly let a person who has
consumed alcohol drive the vehicle. those passengers too are also charged with an offence.
Rather gargantuan stuff if it is indeed true.
If so, the cops in Japan are going be busy booking anything with a pulse for DUI..
Is this true or hearsay!
2003-08-12, 09:14 AM
uh...hasn't it been this way for a good while now?
2003-08-12, 09:45 AM
Bullshitbuster is that from the same company that makes Virus buster?
I`m not sure when this law was enacted, but the last time I was
tested for BAC in Japan was 18 months ago.
The cop just said have you been drinking to night sir, I said "no"
He responded by saying "well breathe on my face just to be sure"
Very scientific techniques are employed for that initial breathe test I thought. I said "are you sure officer"as I was returning home after a
huge feed of Yakinikku.
I reckon he wanted to vomit, but maintained a fantastic poker face throughout the entire experience, "Gomen na, ima Yakinikkuya kara
kaeru tokoro nan da, taihen ya na, kona shigoto na omawarisan!"
My friend in passengers seat was eating the carpet as we drove off.
If they had actually detected alcohol on my breath would they have then
asked me down to the station to open a vein as is in Australia?
Ps they dont get the driver to breathe on the police officers face, they use
a measuring device.
2003-08-12, 03:27 PM
I drive a car with a strange number plate so I get stopped a lot. My car is from Iwate prefecture but I live in Osaka. So the cops are always interested. Anyway, so I got stopped three times in about a month. Twice he just asked "Inshu ______u desu ka?" and put his face up close. The other time he used this little device about the size of a digital dictaphone and I had to breathe on it. So I guess that you'd only have to go for a blood test if you showed a reading on the device. The breath analyser here only needed a light breath, which is better than in Australia where it's quite a job to blow the inflatable bag.
I did some checking and heard that it was true about the zero alcohol level. Which is stupid because once you've had half a beer, you are already over the limit, so why stop there? I like to have a beer with my dinner but since even one is too much we don't drive to any nice restaurants. There should be a reasonable limit, like 0.05 or something. Only people who aren't being careful (or alcoholics) can't keep to that limit. And if you're not being careful, you're probably drink driving anyway. I also heard from a reliable source that each passenger must pay the penalty. Why doesn't each passenger also pay for any other fault of the driver, like bad lane changes with no indicator, tunnel vision, bad parking, or obstructing the entire freakn road while they talk to some oba-chan. Ah, that could become a long rant so I won't.