Deadly Accidents Caused by Elderly Drivers Drop to 10-Year Low

Society

Tokyo, July 22 (Jiji Press)--The number of fatal accidents caused by old-age drivers hit a 10-year low in the first half of this year, the National Police Agency reported Monday.

In January-June, drivers aged 75 or older caused 172 deadly accidents, down 50, or 22.5 pct, from a year earlier, according to the agency.

However, the rate of fatal accidents per 100,000 license holders for those drivers still stood high at 3.1, more than double the 1.4 for younger drivers.

On the causes of such accidents by the elderly, the agecy said inappropriate driving maneuvers topped the list, with 50 cases. Specifically, 23 cases were caused by steering in the wrong direction and 17 by hitting the gas pedal instead of the brake.

The NPA also said the number of overall traffic deaths in the 2019 first half came to 1,418, down 185, or 11.5 pct, from the first six months of the previous year, when the annual death toll rewrote a record low.

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