Fatal Accidents Caused by Elderly Drivers in Japan Stay at High Level in 2017 (News)
Tokyo, Feb. 15 (Jiji Press)—Fatal accidents in Japan caused by drivers aged 75 or older totaled 418 in 2017, down by 41 from the previous year, but still at a high level compared with accidents caused by younger drivers, the National Police Agency said Thursday.
The number of fatal accidents per 100,000 driver's license holders stood at 7.7 for those aged 75 or older, more than double the figure for those under 75, the agency said.
In March last year, the revised road traffic law with strengthened measures to prevent accidents by elderly drivers with dementia was put into force. But the NPA sees that the law's enforcement has yet to contribute to the reversal of the uptrend of fatal accidents by aged drivers, which accounted for 12.9% of the total, down only 0.6 percentage point.
Of the deadly accidents caused by elderly drivers, 168 were single vehicle events, such as crashes into utility poles or going off the street. These accidents accounted for 40.1% of the total, much higher than 22.9% for drivers under 75.
By cause, 130 accidents, or 31.1%, resulted from inappropriate driving maneuvers, including missteering.[Copyright The Jiji Press, Ltd.]