LDP Begins Deliberations on Road Rage Crackdown

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 27 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party began discussions on Tuesday on measures to crack down on road rage, such as introducing new penalties for reckless drivers.

The LDP agreed to consider revising the road traffic law or creating a new law to punish dangerous driving, at a meeting of the party's special committee on traffic safety.

There are no regulations in existing laws that punish road rage-linked reckless driving itself, and cases of such driving are currently dealt with as violations of road traffic rules requiring adequate distance between vehicles or as cases of assault.

"There is heightened fear of being embroiled in a road rage incident," LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said to reporters after attending the committee meeting. "We hope to decide swiftly on our future actions, including legislative measures."

Calls to impose stricter punishments for road rage are intensifying after a recent string of serious cases, such as an incident on Aug. 10 in which a male driver was stopped and punched in the face by a reckless driver on the Joban Expressway in Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan.

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