Traffic laws and technologies in Japan

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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.

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Transit laws in Japan 

Like the other laws in the country, traffic laws are also very severe and the penalties can be very harsh, and can even lead the driver to prison. The government's rigidity and concern for drivers has meant that the country has drastically reduced the number of traffic accidents in the country.

A survey conducted by Data SUS reveals that in 1970 the number was around 16.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, recently it is 3.2 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants. Let's learn 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 a suspended license. 

  • Do not encourage or be a drunk driver

That's right, if you are in the car with the driver who drank 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 had a drink 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 in his license. A striking point is that the recurrence of the infraction can cause the driver to be arrested.

  • Pedal drunk 

It is not just motor vehicle drivers who are penalized in the land of the rising sun, cyclists who are caught driving after 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 a few 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 the traffic safer. Another factor that also contributes to traffic safety is the technologies that the country offers.

Tecnologias e leis de trânsito no japão

Technologies applied in traffic

We cannot deny that Brazil is already using new facilitating technologies, as is the case with the digitization of documents (CNH and CRLV), 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 

The smart traffic lights act as a traffic agent and work according to the need and quantity of cars that are passing on the spot. 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 adjusted automatically, avoiding congestion. 

  • Public transportation

A country where there is quality public transport means that traffic accidents are reduced. The country is known for its fast and also alternatively ecological transport (Some). A novelty that can be tested in 2020 are autonomous taxis, which will drive alone on the streets of the country. 

  • Devices for the elderly

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 coupled with traffic laws has made Japan one of the safest countries to drive. If you plan to visit or move to the country, it is important to know the laws in force so that no unforeseen events occur. 

Eduardo Soares, SEO specialist and passionate about reading and writing