YOKOHAMA (majirox news) – A 15-year-old high school girl has earned the dubious honor of becoming Japan’s first person to be booked for using a cell phone while riding her bicycle, police here said July 4.
The girl was given a ticket under a Kanagawa Prefectural Government ordinance that came into effect on May 1 banning cyclists from engaging in other dangerous activities while riding, such as using cell phones or listening to music through headphones.
A police officer using a megaphone ordered the schoolgirl four times to stop looking at her phone as she rode, but she ignored him, so he stopped her and gave the teen a ticket, police said.
The girl, who faces a fine of up to 50,000 yen (about $618), admitted to the charges. “I thought I’d be all right if I was only riding a bicycle,” she told the police.
Police said the girl was arrested on the night of July 3 after she ignored the officer’s repeated orders to stop looking at her phone as she rode through the streets of Hiratsuka, Kanagawa prefecture.