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Okinawa drivers getting worse; losing licenses

Date Posted: 2005-02-18

A campaign by Okinawa police to encourage drivers to be more attentive doesn’t seem to be working.
The drive to improve actions of vehicle operators is now in its second year, but initial reports on 2004 are discouraging to Okinawa Prefecture law enforcement officials.

A crackdown on drunk drivers netted 8,328 arrests, a massive jump of 68.1%. Police say the majority of drunk drivers were office workers, followed by construction workers and service persons.

Administrative sanctions on drivers are up 12.9% over 2003, with 12,234 people being served warnings.

Drivers having licenses suspended in 2004 totaled 1,507, a jump of 13.7%. Licenses canceled for six months totaled 5,200, an increase of 11.4% over the previous year, and three month suspensions for less serious offenses were up 25.4% at 730 individuals.

One month driving curtailments went to 4,895 people, a jump of 12.5% over 2003.

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