The Japanese authorities have tightened penalties for using mobile phones and smartphones while driving. According to the Nippon edition, now not only fines are threatened for this, but also real imprisonment.
- The fine for the first use of the phone while driving a car increased from 6,000 to 18,000 yen (from 3,500 to 10,500 rubles). Truck and bus drivers will have to pay 25,000 yen (14,600 rubles) instead of the previous 7,000 yen (4,100 rubles), drivers of mopeds with an engine capacity of up to 50 "cubes" - 12,000 yen (7,000 rubles) versus 5,000 yen (2,900 rubles), and motorcyclists - 15,000 yen (8,780 rubles) instead of 6,000 yen (3,500 rubles).
- A second violation now faces a fine of 100,000 yen (58,500 rubles), which is twice as much as before. Also, for this they can give up to six months in prison. And if an emergency or an accident occurs, the driver who was using the phone at that time will lose 300,000 yen (175,600 rubles) and go to jail for a whole year.
The reason for the serious toughening of the punishment was the appeal to the government of the relatives of the victims of road accidents that occurred through the fault of the drivers, who were distracted by various mobile devices. In 2018, 2,790 such accidents occurred in Japan, in which 42 people died. This is 2.3 times more than a decade ago.
In Russia, for using the phone without a headset while driving, a fine of 1,500 rubles is provided.