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Police beef up patrols to caution motorcyclists

Date Posted: 2010-08-21

Citing Okinawa’s status as having the highest number of motorcycle fatalities in Japan, police have launched a month-long campaign to encourage better manners and safe driving by motorcycle operators.

The police campaign, which is to run through September 18th, will put additional patrols on highways and major roadways across Okinawa in an effort to reduce accidents and improve driver safety. Nine of 34 traffic fatalities in Okinawa through August 16th were motorcycle operators. A year ago, Okinawa had the dubious distinction of the worst traffic fatalities record, with 21 of 47 fatal accidents being by motorcyclists.

Police say they’ll be watching drivers to insure they drive safely and not in illegal spaces, and that they are cautious when passing vehicles and changing lanes. The expanded enforcement of regulations, together with promoting better manners by motorcycle rides, will be particularly visible on Highways 58, 329, 330, and 507, as well as on multi-lane roads in cities, towns and villages across the island.

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