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Police ask elderly Japanese drivers to turn in keys

In Japan, elderly drivers are much more likely to experience a crash like this than other drivers.

Japan’s elderly population is growing at one of the fastest rates in the developed world. Sadly, that also means the accident rate for elderly drivers is up 35 percent while the overall accident rate dropped 20 percent in the last six years.

To put a stop to this dismal trend, Tokyo Metropolitan Police are leading the charge and asking if residents have lost confidence in their driving. Local businesses are offering free delivery of goods and reduced prices at restaurants for those who have turned in their licenses. Automakers probably aren’t thrilled by this campaign because retirees are in the only segment of the Japanese new car market that is growing.

Source: Automotive News (registration required)

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