A man rides his motorcycle into the lobby of the Fukuoka Police Station, demanding a crackdown on rude driving

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If it worked for the Terminator, why not for him?

When I was taking the Japanese police test, one of the most important things was to keep the car very close to the curb. It’s not something that gets done much on the actual roads here, but the police seem to really encourage it in testing. The logic is that by keeping the car so close to the side, collisions with people on bicycles and motorbikes are avoided, cutting them off from being squeezed into the blind spot.

The police seem to know more than anyone how motorcycles can appear out of nowhere and cause trouble. But it’s probably safe to say even Fukuoka prefectural police were shocked when a moped suddenly appeared in the middle of their front hall on November 28.

The bicycle was ridden by a 41-year-old office worker from Kitakyushu City who brought him to the door around 7:10 in the evening. After opening the automatic doors, he drove into the lobby and started revving the engine loudly. When he saw the officer he shouted: “I’m here to talk about bad driving!”

The police accepted his invitation and arrested him for illegal entry in order to have more time to talk. According to police, he admits to his crimes, but adds that he wanted them to crack down on people who use rude driving techniques, such as riding in the backseat. He had previously been cut off by the driver, and according to some reports, he also had problems with people at work.

As for the reason he chose to drive into the police station rather than walk, he said “I knew there was parking at the police station, but I drove up to the lobby.” While that’s no excuse, his honesty should mean something.

News readers were understandably surprised by what happened and left comments explaining that while he may be right about the rude drivers, it was clearly not the best course of action.

“What’s going on here?”
“Is this a comedy?”
“Maybe he felt he was going to make a reckless ride and wanted to give up.”
“If he was on drugs, they would have said yes, but he had to be on drugs, right?”
“He’s right. I don’t see many police cars these days and people drive like idiots.”
“They are not the manner of the police. What does he want them to do?”
“What’s the thought process going from “I’m frustrated” to “I’m going to ride my bike to the police station?”
“Even though it’s a police station, the people inside must have been terrified. He could have had a gun or sprayed the place with gasoline.”
“You can’t be arrested for driving naughty. However, you can be arrested for driving into a police station.”

No one was injured in the incident and no damage was donebut I have to assume that driving into a police station will result in at least suspension of your driving license. However, we cannot know his fate without understanding all the details of the case.

Going into details, the man claimed to have been cut off by the driver while riding his bicycle. This means that there is a very high probability that he could have been behind the car, following the police-recommended technique of driving very close to the side to prevent overtaking motorcycles. If that’s the case, it wouldn’t even be the weirdest or most ironic aspect of the whole incident anyway.

Source: Mainichi Shimbun, FBS news, Hachim Kiko
Top image: Pakutaso
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