Law enforcement officers are no longer allowing drivers to slide by with using cellular phones while driving in Japan.
As of today, officers are stopping motorists for holding their cellular phones while driving, reading email while driving and of course talking on them while driving.
Police officers set up check points throughout Japan today and pulled everyone over doing any of the previously mentioned no-noes.
The fines for driving while using a keitai (cellular phone) depend on the vehicle you are driving. The fines range between 5,000 yen to 7,000 yen. Drivers also lose one point on their license. And if a fine goes unpaid, drivers can expect to pay as much as 50,000 yen.
If you just can’t get by without having access to your phone, go buy a hands-free headset because it’s the only legal way you can use a keitai while driving.