Japan to Toughen Penalties on Mobile Phone Use by Drivers

Society

Tokyo, Dec. 20 (Jiji Press)--Japan's National Police Agency proposed Thursday imposing stricter criminal punishment and heavier administrative penalties on the use of mobile phones while driving.

The agency plans to submit a bill to revise the road traffic law to next year's ordinary session of parliament, aiming to put stricter penalties into effect by the end of 2019.

Specifically, criminal punishment for those who use mobile phone while driving will be changed to a prison term of up to six months or a fine of up to 100,000 yen, from a fine of up to 50,000 yen currently.

Drivers who create the danger of causing traffic accidents due to their use of mobile phones face a prison term of up to one year or a fine of up to 300,000 yen, compared with a prison term of up to three months or a fine of up to 50,000 yen at present.

The NPA also plans to raise the upper limit of administrative penalties on the mobile phone use while driving from 10,000 yen to 50,000 yen for drivers of large motor vehicles and from 8,000 yen to 40,000 yen for drivers of standard motor vehicles.

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