Aug. 25 marked the third anniversary of a tragic traffic accident in the city of Fukuoka that caught nationwide attention. On that night in 2006, a car driven by a drunken Fukuoka city government worker rear-ended a sports utility vehicle carrying a family of five — a couple and their three children — on a bridge, causing the SUV to plunge into Hakata Bay. All three children were killed.

On the very day of the anniversary, a police sergeant of the Kokura Minami police station in the city of Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture, was arrested in connection with a hit-and-run accident. A blood test detected 1.27 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood — more than four times the threshold of 0.3 mg. It is especially regrettable that this incident involved a police officer who is empowered to arrest drunken drivers and is supposed to be a role model for obeying the law.

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