More Fatal Traffic Accidents Happen at Dusk in Oct.-Dec.

Society

Tokyo, Sept. 28 (Jiji Press)--Far more fatal traffic accidents happened at dusk than in any other hour of the day between October and December in the past five years, police data have shown.

As the National Policy Agency looked into fatal traffic accidents that occurred between 2013 and 2017 in Japan by hour of the day, some 1,260 accidents occurred on average between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., against an average of some 760 for any other hour.

The number of accidents that happened in the twilight, or from an hour before sunset to an hour after, totaled 301 in October, 323 in November and 346 in December, far exceeding a monthly average of about 178 between January and September.

An experts says that this may be because the sun goes down earlier toward the end of the year and it gets dark in the late afternoon, when traffic flow increases.

Of the fatal accidents in the twilight, those between automobiles and pedestrians had the largest share, at 53 pct.

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