You have to be a little careful if you own a supercar. General public opinion holds that if you drive a high-dollar exotic, you may be a member of what Jay Leno likes to call the “more money than brains club.” However you came by your money or however you drive, people may accuse you of being hotheaded and ostentatious, and Japan is no exception. Scarce comfort indeed for the owner of a certain Lamborghini Gallardo in Hiroshima – he just got picked up by the fuzz for speeding.
JNN/TBS identifies the driver as one Mikami Tadao, a 38-year-old president of a manufacturing company in Hiroshima. The cops didn’t catch him in the act, though. In fact, his high-speed hijinx occurred over two years ago, in January 2010, according to the Asahi Shimbun. He would have gotten away with it, too, if it weren’t for the unfortunate fact that he recorded a video of himself doing it and posted it to Youtube. Apparently someone watched the video and reported the driver to the authorities. This is not the first time this has happened.
How fast was he going? Well, the speed limit on that stretch of road was a mere 60 kph (about 37 miles per hour) and the video showed that the subject’s 10-cylinder Italian bovine was traveling at 156 kph (97 miles per hour). Asahi reports that the driver wrote (presumably in the video description) that he wanted to enjoy the sense of speed and the sound of the high-revving motor in the tunnel. Though the incident took place on Japan’s smooth and well-maintained toll highway network, rules are rules, especially in a country as preoccupied with public safety as Japan. He was arrested today by the Hiroshima police, and faces charges of violating traffic law. He’s not likely to have an easy time of it either, as Japan’s criminal justice system is nothing if not intimidating to the defendant. Asahi says that the police have also seized his personal computer along with any videos he may have taken.
It’s not that it isn’t fun to drive a fast car fast, but the risk to public safety in this situation is likely to earn the driver few sympathizers. If you want to take away a lesson from this incident, it’s that perhaps some of that extra change in your pocket should be spent on visiting a closed race track or on an electronic simulation. You might try to fight the law in Japan, but you’re not gonna win.
[source: Asahi Shimbun]