Nearly 47,000 Senior Drivers in Japan Assessed with Possible Dementia (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 26 (Jiji Press)—Nearly 47,000 senior drivers in Japan were assessed with possible dementia between March and December last year, the National Police Agency said in a preliminary report Monday.

A total of 1,725,292 drivers received dementia checks, including at the renewal of driver's licenses past age 75, by the end of December after a revised road traffic law with stronger measures related to the disease was put into effect in the country in March 2017.

Of them, 46,911 drivers were deemed to have possible dementia, the NPA said.

The law obliges these possible dementia sufferers to be diagnosed by doctors, and bans confirmed dementia sufferers from driving.

Of the senior drivers with possible dementia, 12,447 received mandatory diagnoses, resulting in 1,306 of them being stripped of their licenses and 45 seeing theirs suspended.

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