Japan is known worldwide for the use and creation of advanced technologies that aim to improve the lives of citizens. Are they also applied to make life easier for drivers? And how do traffic laws work in one of the strictest countries in the world? Let's understand a little more.
Traffic laws in Japan
Just like the other laws in the country, the traffic laws are also quite strict and the penalties can be very harsh, and can even lead to the driver's arrest. The government's rigidity and concern with drivers made the country drastically reduce the number of traffic accidents in the country.
A survey carried out by Data SUS reveals that in 1970 the number was around 16.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, recently it is at 3.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Let's get to know a little more about the laws and their punishments:
- do not drive drunk
This rule is basic in any country, but in Japan when you are caught driving after drinking alcohol, it can be tricky. The driver may be sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison, depending on the amount of alcohol ingested, in addition to having his license suspended.
- Do not encourage or be a passenger of a drunk driver
That's right, if you are in the car together with the driver who ingested alcohol, the penalty will also be applied to you. Another interesting point is that the owner of the bar can also pay a fine if the driver has drunk at his establishment.
- Driving using cell phone
The dangers of using a cell phone while driving are no longer a secret, but in Japan things can change a little. Depending on the type of vehicle, the fine can reach 25,000 yen and the driver can lose up to 3 points on the license. A striking point is that the recurrence of the infraction can cause the driver to be arrested.
- drunk pedaling
It's not just motor vehicle drivers who are penalized in the land of the rising sun, cyclists caught driving while drinking alcohol will also be penalized. The fine can reach 1 million yen and up to 5 years in prison, depending on the consequences of the infraction.
These are just some of the many laws that Japan has. As much as the main ideas are similar to those of Brazil, the penalties are much more severe, making traffic safer. Another factor that also contributes to traffic safety are the technologies that the country offers.
Technologies applied in traffic
We cannot deny that Brazil is already using new facilitating technologies, as is the case with the digitization of documents, recently applied in DETRAN-BA and also in other states, but Japan is a few steps ahead on the issue technology. Let's learn a little about them and understand how the use is being useful for the country:
- smart traffic lights
Smart traffic lights act as a traffic agent and work according to the need and amount of cars passing by. A device will be installed in front of the traffic lights and will collect information that will be sent to a central, which will have the time automatically adjusted, avoiding congestion.
- Public transportation
A country where there is quality public transport, causes traffic accidents to be reduced. The country is known for fast transport and also alternatively ecological (Some). A novelty, which may be tested in 2020, are autonomous taxis, which will drive alone through the country's streets.
- devices for seniors
The number of accidents involving people over 65 years of age in Japan is significant. With that in mind, Japanese engineers have developed devices that will assist drivers during maneuvers and handling the vehicle in general. The idea is to reduce accidents among people of this age group.
Technology combined with traffic laws have made Japan one of the safest countries to drive. If you are thinking of visiting or moving to the country, it is important to know the laws in force so that there is no unforeseen event.
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