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Cops crack down on drinking drivers

Date Posted: 2010-08-19

As Okinawa heads into the Obon holidays, law enforcement officers are waging a campaign against drivers getting behind the wheel after drinking, and nobody’s being given a free pass.

A taxi driver who’d been drinking, then driving, was busted in Naha City’s Oroku area after police received a tip. The 58-year-old driver, Hiroyuki Itokazu, of Urasoe City, admitted “I was drinking in an izakaya. Maybe a few cups.” His taxi company says he’d never been absent from work, and had never failed a company-administered breath test.

Five other drunk driving arrests were made in the two-day August 13th to 14th period, beginning with one in Urasoe City’s Makiminato area on Highway 58. A 32-year-old doctor was arrested after he tested triple the legal limit on a breath test. In Okinawa City’s Kaiho area, a nurse driving drunk on Route 227 near Awase was arrested after being observed driving erratically, and a 19-year-old from Okinawa City’s Awase area was busted after being picked up by Naha City Police for drunk driving. In yet another case, a 57-year-old man was arrested by Uruma City Police.

The worst case came in Ginowan City, where a driver of a heavy truck driving from Uehara in Naqkagusuku Village on Route 29 crossed an intersection and crashed into a motorbike, seriously injuring the motorist. The drunk truck driver fled the scene, but police apprehended him a bit later and arrested him.

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