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Traffic and Accidents

Pulling over drivers

  • Can I see your driver's licence and passport?
  • Have you been drinking tonight?
  • How much have you had to drink?
  • How fast do you think you were going?
  • Do you know what the speed limit is?
  • Is this a rental car?

  • You were driving too fast.
  • You broke the speed limit.
  • You were driving on the wrong side of the road.
  • You're driving the wrong way in a one-way street.
  • You were travelling too close to the car in front of you.
  • You cut off another car.
  • You didn't obey the traffic signals.
  • You aren't wearing your seatbelt.
  • You aren't allowed to park here.

  • I'm going to keep your driving licence and give you a ticket. You can go to the police station to pay the fine. They will give your driving licence back to you.

Questions police ask an injured driver

  • Are you hurt?
  • Can you stand up/move?
  • Where does it hurt most?
  • How did the accident happen?
  • Who was at fault?
  • What did the other car look like?
  • Is there someone you want to call?
  • Don't worry. We've called an ambulance.

Sample Conversation

A Japanese police officer pulls over an American driver on the highway for speeding...

Police: Can I see your driver's license please?
Man: Ah, yeah. I think it's in my pocket. No. Maybe my wallet. Uh. Yeah here.
Police: Do you know how fast you were driving?
Man: No, sorry. It's a rental car. I'm not used to it.
Police: Have you been drinking tonight, Mr. Davidson?
Man: I had one or two drinks. I'm okay to drive, though. I know my limit.
Police: How long have you been in Japan?
Man: A few weeks, why?
Police: It seems you are unaware of our zero tolerance for drinking and driving.
Man: I'm not drunk. I'll blow into a breathalizer.
Police: In Japan you cannot operate a vehicle after consuming any alcohol.
Man: Oh, I didn't know that.
Police: You were also going over the speed limit, Mr. Davidson. I'm going to have to ask you to step out of your vehicle and get into my car.
Man: This is crazy. But what about my car?
Police: We'll have the rental car towed to the agency. When you're in our country you have to respect our rules.

Check your understanding

1 Why does the man get pulled over?
2 What is Mr. Davidson's excuse for his driving error?
3 What will happen to the man's car?

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