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Cops begin drunk driving crackdown

Date Posted: 2006-12-08

Drinking drivers are finding themselves in the clutches of Okinawa Prefecture Police, who have stepped up their campaign to rid the roads of dangerous drivers.

Citing the start of the holiday season and bonenkai and shinenkai parties upcoming, police have instituted more strict roadside checks to stop drunk drivers. Police are manning checkpoints beginning at 9pm daily, administering alcohol measuring tests to not only drivers, but passengers as well if the driver if found impaired. They say arrests will be made to those exceeding legal limits. The campaign is also focusing on restaurants, Izakayas and bars to insure they donít allow customers to drive away after drinking.

The campaign is being supported by cities, towns and villages, as well as taxi associations and other companies. All pledge to report drinking drivers.

Okinawa has the highest drunk driving rate in Japan. More than 7,934 arrests were made last year. The campaign runs into 2007.

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