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Japan Govt Draws Up Measures against Elderly Car Accidents

Japan Govt Draws Up Measures against Elderly Car Accidents

   Tokyo, June 18 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Tuesday came up with a set of emergency measures in response to the recent spate of car accidents involving elderly drivers and leading to deaths of children.
   The package, adopted at a meeting of related cabinet ministers on the day, calls for, among other things, promoting the development of new transport systems that use autonomous driving technology in order to create a society where elderly people can live without the need to have their own cars.
   Another involves the introduction of a new driver's license category that limits the holder to only driving cars equipped with safety features such as one that restrains acceleration when the driver mistakenly steps on the gas pedal instead of the brake.
   For safety of kids, the police, nurseries and others will jointly conduct by the end of September emergency checks of routes used by groups of children.
   Also planned are the installation of guardrails, establishment of "kids zones" around nurseries and other facilities, just like school zones, to restrict the flow of traffic, and implementation of "kids guards" programs in which members of local communities watch over nursery children when they are outside of the nursery facilities.

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