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Police enlists help of taxi drivers against drunk driving

Date Posted: 2003-10-24

Okinawa Prefecture Police has enlisted the help of local taxi drivers in their ongoing battle against drunk drivers. In a meeting with local taxi operators, the police urged the companies to ask their drivers to contact police whenever they see someone seemingly intoxicated to get behind the wheel.

Police claim that Okinawan drivers seem to be incorrigible, and for that reason must use any help they can to get drunk drivers off the streets. “The number of accidents caused by drunk drivers is increasing every year and we must do something about it,” a prefectural police spokesman said.

Penalties for drinking and driving were increased tenfold earlier this year, but nothing seems to deter Okinawans. “Okinawa is still the worst in the nation when it comes to drinking and driving. That has been the case for twenty years and that is nothing to be proud of,” the spokesman said.

The request comes as police are kicking off their newest traffic safety campaign in anticipation of the start of the annual year-end party season, when the number of drunk driving cases traditionally peaks. The campaign, “S.O.S. Policy Against Traffic Deaths”, began Oct. 20 and will continue through the end of the year.

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