Okayama Police Start Accepting Road Rage Videos Online

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Okayama, Nov. 21 (Jiji Press)--The police department of Okayama Prefecture, western Japan, opened on Thursday a dedicated internet site to accept road rage videos and images shot by members of the public, in an effort to better investigate such dangerous driving cases.

It is the first time for a police department in the country to receive on the internet videos showing tailgating and other dangerous driving, according to the Okayama police. The dedicated site is on the official website of the prefectural police department.

Those hoping to send videos or images of reckless driving cases that occurred in the prefecture will fill in forms on the site to report details of the incidents, and their names and contact information. The police department will contact the senders via email if it finds the need to watch them, and the senders will then upload the content. The police will examine the videos or images and launch investigations of cases deemed malicious.

In January-October, the number of road rage cases reported to police in the prefecture increased from a year before to about 1,500.

Residents outside Okayama can also access the site. "We want people from other prefectures as well to inform us through the site if they are affected by dangerous driving during their trips to Okayama," Masanori Akahani, an official of the police department, said.

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