U.S. military, civilian DUIs up 40% in year
According to officials at the Okinawa Prefectural Police Traffic Enforcement Division, the number of DUI arrests of U.S. military personnel and civilians has increased about 40% in a year compared to the same time period before the U.S. military liberty policy was eased in December a year ago.
According to police, there were 29 arrests for DUI between Dec. 9th, 2013 and Dec. 8th, 2014. The number of DUI arrests increased by 13 to 42 between Dec. 9th, 2014 and Dec. 8th this year after the policy was relaxed.
Prefectural Police have dealt with the matter by sending out information of accidents to the AFN, and having held lectures about Japanese road traffic rules and transportation conditions as a means to prevent of DUI incidents among the U.S. military personnel.