Pedal Mix-Ups Frequent among Elderly Drivers in Japan: Report

Politics Society

Tokyo, June 21 (Jiji Press)--Mix-ups between the brake and the accelerator were more frequent among elderly drivers aged 75 and over than among younger drivers, the Japanese government said in an annual white paper on traffic safety on Friday.

According to the report, the number of fatal accidents caused by drivers aged 75 or over was about 2.4 times more than the figure for younger drivers per 100,000 people with driver's licenses in 2018. The number of accidents resulting in death by drivers aged 75 and over totaled 460.

The government adopted the 2019 white paper at a cabinet meeting the same day.

On the causes of such accidents by the elderly drivers, operational errors accounted for 30 pct of the total.

While the proportion of fatal accidents caused by confusion between the brake and the accelerator stood at 1.1 pct of the total for drivers under the age of 75, the rate rose to 5.4 pct among drivers aged 75 or over.

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