I admit it. I laughed out loud while I read this article. It read more like a
scene in a movie comedy than real life.I hope these visitors can
overcome the trauma they experienced, and enjoy the remainder of their visit.
Hopefully they take some time and learn some of the U.S. traffic laws and
customs so another experience like this doesn't happen again during their
I wonder how they were able to rent a car to begin with. Most rental agencies I
know will not rent to someone without a license from the United States.
Talk about culture shock. Poor Japanese family.
I can't tell you how many times I've had to translate for Japanese
tourists whenever I visit Zion's or Bryce. I've actually had to carry
a dehydrated elderly Japanese woman about a mile back down the trail from
Arches. Too funny.
I agree With Dewey Boo. Some one with a car with those neat red and blue lights
needs to visit the car rental agency and have a heart to heart talk with the
counter help. Traumatic event emotionally? Yes. Could it have
been worse? Yes. What if the slow moving vehicle was rear ended by some airhead
texting and driving?If we have significant Japanese visitors, and
other non English speaking visitors, maybe car rental agencies can pool
resources to have a pamphlet in native languages covering the basics of driving
in Utah.No, this is not a problem requiring state funds, if rental
agencies are going to rent to people who can't communicate they shoulder
the burden of responsibility for accidents and incidents.
Two thoughts came to my mind when reading this:#1 so glad this happened in
Utah, any other state and the couple might have been shot#2 so glad this
happened in Utah, because where else can you pick up the phone and get someone
to speak their native language:-)Kudo's to the officers who responded
for taking the time to realize what was going on and for taking the patience to
rectify the situation in a kindly manner.@Laurels in Sandy, UT…I
Something's fishy here.First, they arrive from Japan on Friday
and immediately rent a car.They were able to rent a car without even a
Japanese driver's license?Then, they are unable to understand
Arizona's traffic laws? The Japanese are used to English-language signs,
they drive on the left like we do, and speed limits are comparable.What MAY have happened is that they missed the speed limit change, after going
through the 35mph construction zone in the Virgin River Gorge.But
still...someone had to have rented that car for them and turned them loose.
To funny...really. It brings back years of memories of driving in Asia. There
were always a nice little lady going 20-30 km in a 50+ km zone. I also bet the
lady could hardly see over the steering wheel too. Trying not to steriotype but
I used to see this daily.I do hope they recover from the shock. I
have to hand it to them for renting a car and driving themselves. All the Asias
I met would book a tour because they were too afraid of driving in the US
without a guide.
I know a man who was almost killed in a semi accident caused by confused
Japanese tourists. He is crippled for the rest of his life.These people
are truly lucky to not have caused an accident. I don't find it funny
at all.If you can't speak English, you don't know the laws, you
can't read the road signs,and you don't even know what an officer is,
stay off American roads! People work on the roads and "joy riding"
even for tourists is wrong.
@Reasonable PersonNot to sound picky but while the Japanese do drive
on the left side of the road, in America we drive on the right. That and the
steering wheeling is on the other side of the car compared to Japanese
models.As for road signs in Japan, while there are english letters under
most of the directions on their highway this in no way can let us assume that
they speak English with any degree of fluency. If anything I think that with
all that happened they might have forgot every single lesson they had in English
in High School.I'm with ya on the license issue though. Someone at
the rental agency, or whoever gave them that car, needs to be paid a little
I don't think that it should be legal for Japanese tourist to drive a
vehicle without a license! It sounds like the situation could have become
seriously dangerous. Many Japanese people do not have licenses because they use
public transportation and it is difficult to get a license there. That
doesn't mean that it is ok for them to come here and drive!