Confused Japanese tourists trigger southern Utah highway pursuit

  • Article by: BRADY McCOMBS , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 26, 2014 - 8:22 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — The first night in the United States for a family of Japanese tourists ended with the parents being pulled from their rental car at gunpoint with their young son watching after their confusion about American traffic laws set off a high-speed pursuit in southern Utah.

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sooofedupFeb. 26, 14 2:22 PM

It's amazing what Rental agency's will allow. Aren't you supposed to show a valid (even it's from another country) license?

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hobie2Mar. 4, 14 3:23 PM

Apparently the law in Utah as described by their officer is different than the law in MN and other countries - flashing red and blue lights here means move over and slow as soon as it is safe to do so, and continue to slow down and stop if the lights have not yet passed. It is not jam on and pull over and stop no matter the cost... Some states and countries recommend not stopping on a freeway until you reach an exit, and some prohibit it - why? Any patrol officer who thinks it is safe to pull over in MN freeways with the snow piled in the emergency lane like it is now needs a pull on the breathalyzer... stop on the edge in a Tokyo or Paris rush hour at the city edges with cars bumper to bumper going 120 KM/ hr... or on the Autobahn? Banned. (BTW - it is on the police there to NOT turn on the flashers behind a vehicle until approaching an exit, except in the most extreme situations.)

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