Friday, August 27, 2010

Drinking and Driving in Japan: An Insider's Tips

Don't Drink And Drive. Don't Ride With A Drinker, Either!

If you happen to be out drinking alcoholic beverages with your friends and one of them is driving, grab a taxi for yourself and your friend. One or two drinks is all it takes to get you a ride to the slammer. Recently updated laws now hold passengers in a vehicle responsible for the drinking driver's conduct (or should I say misconduct?). So even if you were not drinking, but were hitching a ride with someone who was, you can be sent to jail for three years and fined about $50,000 as an accomplice to their crime.


Taxi fare is much cheaper. Even better than a cab, there's a service called Daiko, where a team takes your car and drives it home for you. Both you and your automobile are deposited, safely at home and you don’t have to worry about getting arrested or trying to figure out where your ride went the next day.


PHOTO BY JAROD SAMPSON

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

good advice! $50,000 for being an accomplice to a drinking crime - whoa!! we need that law in Oz :)

Mike said...

Rebecca,
It sure keeps some of the drunks from driving, not all, though. They say the first thing that goes is your judgement.

WorldmedTourism said...

Drinking alcoholic beverages is not good for drive

Mike said...

Worldmedtourism,
Thanks for commenting