Interesting Items of the Week: Japanese Police! 2021 08 01
Short (sometimes) videos or stories about interesting Japanese culture, language, entertainment, and many other things.
I find it really interesting watching police videos. The bikes are really cool, and a lot of times they use unmarked vehicles with lights that pop up out of the roof. They will have an officer hide behind a road sign with a radar gun. In a town near where I live, they will set up a speed trap at the beginning of a series of traffic lights and then change the traffic lights red when someone comes speeding by. Either you are caught only for speeding or, if you don’t stop, for speeding and running a red light. It is a strange system though. I’ve seen cars violate traffic laws and not be stopped by police that are going by. It seems a lot of times, they only stop vehicles for these minor infractions when they specifically set up traps to do so. Where I live, I would say 80% of drivers exceed the speed limit at all times. And 20km/hr over the limit seems to be the ‘safe’ zone. Of course, in certain situations you may be stopped for this also. Things like rush hour, school areas, busy intersections, etc.
Here is a fairly slow traffic stop, but it demonstrates the willingness of the police to jump out in front of vehicles to stop them. This is from the YouTube channel: “This is the Japanese Police“. It has over 200 videos.
Even their willingness to ride their bikes across and against traffic:
Here’s an example of an unmarked car. It is amazing that they risk sitting in such a difficult spot waiting to catch someone. Here, they have to cut across to lanes of traffic and go in the opposite direction in order to catch this van.
In this one, the officer manages to stop both a motorcycle and a van at the same time. As expected though, the van decides to leave while the officer is ticketing the motorcycle. The officer then has to quickly finish up and try to chase down the van. This video is actually some type of “Best 10” and shows 10 different stops.