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Japanese Goverment Employees All Loaded Driving Around
Poll: DUI sees 1st rise in 5 yrs among civil servants
The Yomiuri Shimbun

Ninety-six public workers were punished by their employers in fiscal 2005 for drunken driving, the first rise in five years, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey conducted in the wake of a drunken driving accident that killed three children on Aug. 25.

Forty-seven prefectural governments and 15 major city governments were surveyed about the number of workers they had punished for drunken driving since fiscal 2001.

The survey results indicate that although laws were revised in 2001 to stiffen drunken driving penalties, public workers' awareness of the laws has not increased.

The results also indicate that only nine of the governments have strict regulations stipulating disciplinary dismissal. The other governments are likely to be asked to implement stricter regulations.

In the survey, government personnel departments were asked about the number of workers who had been punished, excluding public school teachers and police officers.

The results showed that 67 of the employees were punished in fiscal 2001, 88 in fiscal 2002, 76 in fiscal 2003 and 69 in fiscal 2004. In fiscal 2005, however, the number rose to 96.

Twenty-six have already been punished this fiscal year, bringing the total since fiscal 2001 to 422 as of Sept. 5.

The September 2001 revision of the Penal Code established stricter punishments regarding dangerous driving resulting in death or injury, while the the June 2002 revision of the Road Traffic Law increased the maximum fine for drunken driving.

Initially, the harsher laws helped reduce the number of public workers punished for drunken driving. However, in the interim, the number of punished workers has increased as there has either been less awareness of the laws or a lack of interest in following them.

One of the local governments has punished more than 30 employees since fiscal 2001.



I'm not entirely sure if I understand this article. Have the drivers been charged with drinking and driving in a court of law or have the drivers simply been reprimanded by their branch? Is this taking place outside the law within the government itself? Are these men receiving special treatment? A lack of interest in following the law? What? I wonder what the number would be if they included teachers and cops? Nutty.
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