A luxury Lexus has been donated to a Japanese police department where it will be used to curb road accidents.
The Lexus LC car, produced by Toyota Motor Corp., was donated to the police department in the eastern Japanese prefecture of Tochigi by company executive Kazuo Nakamura.
The local police said it is the first time that a Lexus has ever been used as a law enforcement patrol car.
Nakamura first approached the police about the idea in July 2019 when he told them: “I’d like you to make use of this car in preventing traffic accidents.”
The executive had previously gifted the police a Nissan GT-R sports car.
At the unveiling ceremony in front of the local government offices, Tochigi governor Tomikazu Fukuda received a replica set of car keys.
Meanwhile, Tochigi police chief Yoshihisa Harada presented Nakamura with a certificate of thanks for his generous gift.
Harada said: “By making the most of the vehicle’s superior mobility, which makes it possible to accelerate and decelerate the vehicle smoothly, we wish to use it to strengthen our anti-crime activities including stopping vehicles on the streets.”
The luxury Lexus has been assigned to the police’s Mobile Traffic Unit to stop road users as well as take part in promotional activities.
The Lexus LC is expected to leave the prefectural police centre on the morning of 23rd September to do a circuit of the Utsunomiya Ring Road as part of its debut in the joint patrols initiative.
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