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88-year-old woman arrested for dangerous driving after hitting 3 children

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Police in Shibata, Niigata Prefecture, have arrested an 88-year-old woman on suspicion of dangerous driving resulting in injury after she hit three elementary school students, leaving two seriously injured.

The incident occurred at around 3 p.m. on Friday, local media reported. Police said the three children were crossing a street when they were hit by a vehicle driven by Yukio Hatono. The crosswalk has no traffic lights.

Two of the children — a boy and a girl — suffered head injuries and were taken to hospital. Police said their injuries were not life-threatening. The third child, a boy, sustained an abrasion to his left hand.

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Don’t tell me - she mistook the gas pedal for the brake?

Lucky nobody was killed, but it’s no thanks to this careless obatarian.

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88 years-old or not, makes no difference, many drivers seem to regard crossings with no lights as not there. They will even swerve around anyone on the crossing as if they are just jaywalkers. I know they are required to stop but if you get into the habit of ignoring the crossing it stays for life.

8 ( +11 / -3 )

it irresponsible to give driver’s license to an 88yo person. What do you expect? Poor children will now suffer and poor old woman is in a jail because of the wrong system giving her a driver’s license.

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88 years-old or not, makes no difference, many drivers seem to regard crossings with no lights as not there. They will even swerve around anyone on the crossing as if they are just jaywalkers. I know they are required to stop but if you get into the habit of ignoring the crossing it stays for life.

Agreed.

Those stripes on the road may as well not be there for all the good they do.

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Very sad. I know the city quite well.

There's no way an 88 year old should be driving a car. Even if they are fine one day, the next could be the point at which they are no longer fine. That means they either have to judge this for themselves or wait until they have an accident.

I would say 80 as the maximum age, but so is my father-in-law and he is as sharp as a knife and somehow as agile as a monkey. But one day he won't be.

4 ( +6 / -2 )

Perhaps a way to at least maintain the population if not boost it is to more strictly regulate elderly drivers by requiring them to retake a driving test - theory and practical - annually or to voluntarily give up their licence. Poor kids.

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I agree that 88 is too old to drive a car. However, I am not totally convinced he is at fault in this particular case. I have children (and adults) suddenly moving into the road with any prior sign that I can not be sure what happened here.

4 ( +4 / -0 )

We are assuming that the woman is at fault but kids dart into the road sometimes.

if I see that possibility I do two things 1.slow right down 2.give a small beep to let them know of my presence

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It would be better to have more crossing guards on safety patrol during the times before and after school. Especially at crossings with no traffic signals or warning lights to caution drivers.

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Too old for drive a car...

No more elderly driving..

0 ( +3 / -3 )

Was she actually arrested or charged?

2 ( +2 / -0 )

Any government that put restrictions on elderly drivers would be shooting themselves in the foot come election day. I guess we'll just have to wait for technology to fill the hole.

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The crosswalk has no traffic lights.

Traffic lights or not does not matter. Elementary school students or old people or whoever does not matter, too. If you see people crossing the road using a crosswalk you have to stop.

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TokyoLivingFeb. 18 12:17 am JST

Too old for drive a car...

No more elderly driving..

Since last year it is not so easy anymore to renew your driving license if you are 70+.

You have to book a date/time for your elderly driver test a few months in advance before your license expires. There is a very strict eye-test, a dementia-test (when you are 75+), a lecture with a slideshow and you have to drive a car together with an instructor for about 20 minutes at the driving license office, takes about 2 hours alltogether. Fee is about yen 8000,-. No elderly driver certificate and you cannot renew your driving license.

Also car insurance premium is getting considerably more expensive if you are 70+.

Driving license is issued only for 3 years and if you qualify for the gold driving license for 4 years only.

There is no 5 year valid driving license for elderly drivers.

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Unfortunately, she won't do any jail time. She's probably on a fixed income so she won't be paying very much restitution.

In other words, beside losing her license nothing will happen.

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