Friday, September 24, 2010

Studying abroad in Jpaan make sure you understand the laws before riding your bicycle - hefty fines apply for infringements

"Over 1,300 cyclists in Japan were handed red traffic tickets for serious offences in 2009, nearly five times more than in 2006, it has been learned.....In the case of running a red light, for example, car drivers can be fined up to 9,000 yen, but cyclists face a fine of up to 50,000 yen, and there is a possibility that they will automatically get a criminal record. ...The most common offence in 2009, committed by 436 people, was passing through closed railway crossings. Next was ignoring traffic lights, for which 358 cyclists were ticketed. Another 67 received tickets for riding at night without lights and 50 were handed red tickets for riding under the influence of alcohol...In 2006 a total of 1,451,353 people were handed warnings about minor offences. This figure ballooned to 2,165,759 in 2009."

Source: Over 1,300 cyclists ticketed for serious offences in 2009 amid police crackdown.
Mainichi Japan
August 23, 2010