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What every driver
can do to save
precious lives.

On March 11, 2011, Tokyo faced serious traffic congestion after the Great East Japan Earthquake
as everyone tried to rush home by car. As a result,
emergency vehicles such as ambulances and police cars were caught in traffic. In order to prevent such traffic congestions, Tokyo is now
prepared to put traffic restrictions into effect in the event of a major earthquake. Please do not
drive when a major earthquake occurs so that we can save precious lives.
We ask for your cooperation.

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Facts about Tokyo after the Great East Japan Earthquake Facts about Tokyo after the Great East Japan Earthquake

Three hours after the earthquake, traffic congestion was about 5 times heavier than normal.

The approximate time to drive one kilometer.

Let’s prevent future March 11-style congestions! The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department asks for your cooperation in the event of a major earthquake. Let’s prevent future March 11-style congestions! The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department asks for your cooperation in the event of a major earthquake.

  • Avoid driving. Avoid driving.
  • If you are driving at the time of the earthquake, move your car off the road  to a safe place such as a parking lot. If you are driving at the time of the earthquake, move your car off the road  to a safe place such as a parking lot.

Don’t use a car. Don’t use a car.

Don’t start your car. Don’t drive once you’ve reached your destination. Move your car off the road to a safe place such as a parking lot. Don’t start your car. Don’t drive once you’ve reached your destination. Move your car off the road to a safe place such as a parking lot.

Various traffic restrictions will be in place. Various traffic restrictions will be in place.

Attention! Attention!

Large-scale traffic restrictions will be implemented for
life-saving, fire-fighting and other disaster relief efforts in the
event of a major earthquake (with an intensity of lower 6 or
above)!

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FIRST STAGE RESTRICTION

The roads from Kannana-dori Ave. to central Tokyo will be closed to all vehicles. The expressways and six regular roads will be designated as “Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only.” Consequently, the passage of ordinary vehicles will be blocked.

*Kannana-dori Ave. can be used as a detour only.

  • Roads (regular roads) to be designated as “Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only”
  • Roads (expressways) to be designated as “Routes for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only”

SECOND STAGE RESTRICTION

The roads that have been designated as "Routes
for Authorized Emergency Vehicles Only" will be designated as "Emergency Access Roads" and
closed off to ordinary vehicles.

*“Emergency Access Roads” will be used for the passage of disaster response vehicles only.

  • Roads (regular roads) to be designated as “Emergency Access Roads”
  • Roads (expressways) to be designated as “Emergency Access Roads”
  • Key roads to be designated, if necessary, as“Emergency Access Roads”

*Depending on the state of disaster damage and traffic, other roads might be designated.

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Learn what you need to know to save lives in a major earthquake.
This quiz teaches you the traffic restrictions you need to know
in the event of a major earthquake.
If you answer all the questions correctly, you can get a chance
to win TMPD original novelty items!

Q1Tokyo experienced serious traffic congestion on March 11, 2011.
About how long did it take to travel 1 km by car that day?

Q2From which avenue will the traffic inflow to central Tokyo be closed to vehicles in the event of a major earthquake (with an intensity of lower 6 or above)?

Q3What should you do if a major earthquake (with an intensity
of lower 6 or above) occurs while you are driving?

Q4Why are various traffic restrictions put into effect
when a major earthquake occurs?

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