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Police Intensify Measures to Prevent Bicycle Accidents at Intersections

Police are conducting guidance and enforcement measures targeting bicycle users at intersections and other locations throughout the prefecture to prevent accidents, as bicycle-related incidents continue to occur. On the morning of the 30th, more than ten police officers called out to commuters and students using bicycles at the intersection near the Chuo Ward Office in Daimyo, Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, stating, “Pedestrians have priority on sidewalks. Please ride bicycles slowly and safely.”

In Chuo Ward, Fukuoka City, in February this year, an octogenarian pedestrian suffered serious injuries in a collision with a bicycle. From the beginning of the year until the end of April, there have been 1,000 bicycle-related accidents in the prefecture, with approximately half of them occurring at intersections. Furthermore, about 17% of these cases involved violations by the cyclists themselves.

The police have strengthened enforcement against severe violations such as disregarding traffic signals and failing to make complete stops, especially in central areas of Fukuoka City where there is heavy bicycle and pedestrian traffic. It should be noted that repeat offenders or those who do not comply with police warnings may be subject to criminal penalties, including the issuance of a so-called “red ticket.” Source: NHK

Police Intensify Measures to Prevent Bicycle Accidents at Intersections

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Published: May 31, 2023 / Last Updated: May 31, 2023

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