Sunday, January 09, 2005

And You Thought Driving in America Was Bad...

A man in Osaka was recently indicted for professional negligence resulting in manslaughter. His crime? He drove through a green light.

Yes, you read that right.

Apparently the victim ran the red light on the cross street and wound up getting hit by the perpetrator and killed. Admittedly, the latter was driving well above the posted limit (which is the universal norm for anyone but farmers and express delivery trucks anyway), but the main point of the case was that he relied on "mutual trust", i.e. he assumed that the other drivers on the road would obey the law. According to some officials involved with the case, that's being criminally negligent.

When I got my driver's license renewed three years ago, I was made to watch a driver safety video in which it was stated that, when a light turns green, it is prudent to wait a few seconds for people to finish running the red light on the cross street before moving. At the time I thought it laughably absurd that law infraction was being openly considered the norm by those charged with enforcing the law. Now they've taken it a step further: they've actually institutionalized it. Now breaking the law is not only considered normal, it is actually defended by official policy.

Bottom line: in Japan, you are required by law to assume that everyone else on the road sucks.

So much for social responsibility...

5 comments:

Don Snabulus said...

I have nothing intelligent or witty to say on this subject. Next.

Anonymous said...

Philrod Piddlewaif:

Oh, don't be so bloody inconsequential, Mr. Snabulus.

DewKid said...

Stupid perpetrators.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Would you prefer being boned up the aft shaft for being a f***ing wise guy?

DewKid said...

** oof **