The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department this week held a meeting to discuss measures to reduce the number of accidents caused by drivers going the wrong way on expressways.
At the meeting, it was proposed that in addition to larger warning signs and road markings that are already in place, sensors should be installed, alerting the police whenever a car enters the expressway going the wrong way, TBS reported Thursday.
The discussion comes amid a 10% spike in accidents in 2014, caused by elderly drivers going the wrong way. The National Police Agency says such accidents are possible indicators of reduced cognitive function or the onset of dementia.
Last week, the NPA proposed that drivers over 75 involved in accidents such as going the wrong way or going through red lights should be tested for dementia and be required to retake a cognitive test in order to renew their driver's license.© Japan Today