Police Enhancing Road Safety Education for Kids after Fatal Accident in Otsu

Society

Osaka, May 14 (Jiji Press)--Japanese police are enhancing road safety education for children while stepping up efforts to raise drivers' awareness in a bid to protect pedestrians from traffic accidents after a car rammed into a group of nursery toddlers and killed two in Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, last week.

An expert familiar with traffic issues says that similar accidents are common, adding that anybody can be responsible for such accidents.

At Wakae Kindergarten in Higashiosaka, Osaka Prefecture, on Monday afternoon, about 10 officers from the prefectural police's Kawachi Police Station taught kids and their parents how to walk on pedestrian crossings.

Nao Yoshimoto, a 38-year-old mother whose four-year-old daughter attends the kindergarten, said the accident in Otsu is "not somebody else's problem at all."

"I'll look around more carefully when I walk with my kid," she said.

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