I just got nabbed doing 93 in a 60. It is a 4 lane highway. 2 lanes going north, and two going south separated by a road barrier. I was at a light, first in pole position and I hit the gas. Was talking to my wife not paying attention really as we were going to wax the car and walk the dog. Look up and see the paddy wagon on the left side of the road.. and this Japanese cop comes running out onto the 2 lane highway waving a flag at me.. so I pull off, the cop comes up, starts speaking Japanese.. I haven't the foggiest what he is saying.. I give him my license as I kind of figured maybe that was what he was blabbering about.. He starts talking to my wife and tells me I was doing 93 in a 60.. I told him I didn't know how fast I was going as I wasn't really paying attention to the speedometer. Well he gets me out and makes me go have a look at the radar.. sure enough it says 93km/h. I was 33km/h over the limit.
So he tells me to go sit in the back of the paddy wagon. I think he is going to write me a ticket and send me on about my way.. little did I know. Now a little about where I am at in mental mode and physical surroundings:
1 we are on a road that is between two Japanese rice fields out in the "boonies" of Japan. I am inside a tiny little van, with 6 seats. My head rubs the ceiling when standing.. The van is white, and has the police decals all over it.. the cop looks like the cops from Anime cartoons.. all blue, with black boots, black gloves, white helmet, no gun, 1 stick etc...
I am asked all my info, but as I don't understand a word the cop is saying, I have my wife inside translating. She is going through the same thing as I. I felt like sh*t for her..
He continues asking sh*t, and she provides him things and then he oversteps what I consider the privacy bounds by asking me my employers name and address.. my wife asks me to make sure, and I say I'd rather not give that information. The cop says fine and marks it out on the document. I go on and on about how I am sorry, and such.. this all took about 1 hour. Afterward I am thinking of how to get out of this, so I am thinking of refusing to sign the document after he is finished based on the fact that their machine could be wrong, I've never gotten a ticket in japan in my life etc...
Well, to make it short, he radios in to the main branch and finds out how I can not lose my license, how it can be cheap, and the easiest court I have to attend.. After hearing the news I ask him what will happen if I leave the country and not come back.. he was shocked, but didn't give a rats ass either way.. so I tell him I'll sign and am debating what to do now.
The price of the ticket will be between 30000-60000 yen.. then the cost of court, driving school, and the penalty school (*dont ask I have no idea what the hell that is) etc.. and then my insurance will go up.
I know I was speeding and was doing something wrong, but JESUS CHRIST.. give a man a break.. I mean I wasn't drag racing, wasn't driving in an erroneous or felonous way, I was speeding. Give me a ticket and I'll pay my fine..
And get this, he went on to tell me that had I been doing 29KM over, I'd pay a small fine and be given a warning.. What a crock of cow dung..
Well I came home and put a nice big hole in my wall that will have to be patched.. what a retard I am.
That is my great day today!