New traffic law passed in Japan, severely punishing angry drivers on the roads

Published June 2020.

Japan passed a revised traffic law on Tuesday that imposes tougher penalties on drivers involved in road rage incidents.

The revised law defines road rage as obstructive driving, so a driver who puts other drivers in danger in front of another vehicle or puts on the brakes will suddenly be severely punished.

These drivers can be sentenced to prison for up to five years or fined one million yen. The driver's license will be invalidated and they will not be able to obtain a new one for a certain period.

The National Police Agency says there were more than 15.000 cases caused by road rage in Japan last year, about 2.000 compared to the previous year.

The punishment for rabies on the roads will be stricter from the end of this month.

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