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Northeast Japan police say more drivers causing accidents after drinking at home

The Fukushima Prefectural Police headquarters. (Mainichi/Motoyori Arakawa)

FUKUSHIMA -- A police station in this northeastern Japan city announced on April 23 that out of the 10 traffic accidents caused by drunk driving within its jurisdiction from January to March, seven involved drivers who had been drinking at home.

In the same period last year, just one out of seven drunk-driving car accidents involved a driver who had been drinking at home. Fukushima Police Station believes the sudden rise in the figure is due to the increasing number of people who drink at home as an effect of the spread of the novel coronavirus, and is urging for people to avoid driving when drunk.

According to the police station and other sources, of the 10 traffic accidents, two happened in January, four in February and another four in March. Drivers had been drinking at home before the accidents in all four cases that took place in March, and the drivers in two of those cases had been drinking from the daytime. Sources say that in multiple cases, drivers left their house drunk to buy more alcohol or to go see their friends and partners.

Fukushima Police Station is warning people never to drive after drinking alcohol, and has pointed out that alcohol can stay in the body a day after drinking.

(Japanese original by Naohiro Koenuma, Fukushima Bureau)

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