In this training, officers working at the forefront of the Expressway Traffic Police in the Fukushima Prefectural Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department were invited as instructors to give lectures from their expert perspectives, on topics such as accident prevention, based on actual examples of accidents, with a focus on the current state of expressways where they have frequent occasions to drive.
These lectures fostered awareness of the many hazards other than vehicle‐to‐vehicle collisions, such as falling objects, vehicles traveling the wrong way, and people and vehicles entering the expressway by mistake. Our drivers also learned about appropriate ways of responding to accidents when they do occur, alongside the changes in the relevant legislation. The lecturers told the trainees about the extreme importance of “driving according to the fundamentals,” “wearing seatbelts,” and “taking a deep breath and consciously yielding at times of annoyance” in preventing accidents and mitigating damage. We constantly strive to ensure that the contents of these lectures are geared to operations managers as well as crew in our aim to achieve further safe operations and appropriate instruction.