The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department plans to form a special panel to come up with measures to reduce the number of deaths due to traffic accidents after a rise in fatalities in October.
The death toll from traffic accidents in Tokyo reached 25 in October -- exceeding all other prefectures in Japan, TV Asahi reported.
The panel will consist of directors from police station traffic divisions around the city. Senior spokesman Koichi Hirota told a news conference Saturday, "The current state of automobile-related deaths is truly in a state of crisis. We need to work to put a stop to this recent trend."
Hirota outlined a plan to boost the number of patrol officers within the metropolitan area. He said the panel will also look at ways to enforce the wearing of seatbelts, particularly among back seat passengers in cars.
The Metropolitan Police Department said it hopes to keep the number of automobile accident victims in the city below 150 each year.© Japan Today