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Read about this earlier. Yet another example of why seniors should have their licenses taken away. Sorry, but when even people in Japan are starting to see it's a serious problem you KNOW the time for talk and panels is done. Stop requesting, start making it law. Before people start saying it's cruel and unfair, how is life in prison going to treat granny and gramps? And how about the lives they've taken or else just maimed because they mistook the gas pedal for the brake?

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Smith.

Will you feel the same when it is time to hand yours in? Don't think so.

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Taking licences off people is not the answer. My parents are in their mid-70's and are both very competent drivers although, they will both admit their night vision is not what it used to be and will not drive at night. Unfortunately, there is a lot of carelessness and complacency in all Japanese drivers, not just the elderly. It's just that this carelessness amplifies as the drivers get older. At present, elderly drivers in Japan have yearly cognitive tests, but I don't think it is enough. I think the tests need to be more regular and stringent.

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pacint: "Will you feel the same when it is time to hand yours in? Don't think so."

I most certainly would, unless there were automatic cars finally being put to use then. At the very least, I would support laws that take away the licenses of those who fail extensive tests that should be implemented by 70 (more than now, including psych tests and reaction time).

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Disillusioned: "It's just that this carelessness amplifies as the drivers get older."

That's the exact reason why they SHOULD be taken away. It's unfortunate that such carelessness is amplified with age, but that doesn't make it factually less dangerous. The cognitive tests do not require that licenses be turned in if failed -- only people urged to do so. That should be the first thing changed. Make it mandatory if they fail said tests.

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Everyone is arguing about taking away licences from the elderly. Yet I have not seen one person every put forth the TRUE solution to this problem, which I 100% guarantee will come about at some point. Self-driving cars. Of course little is being done about testing it in Japan or even talking about it, but I can promise you in our lifetimes this will become the reality and the ONLY viable solution to truly decreasing accident rate of the very elderly.

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I'd like to know the statistics of car accidents in Japan and what age range causes the most accidents and deaths. We see it on the news sometimes but does that mean all drivers over 60 are about to cause to mow people down because they are old?

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DaDude: "We see it on the news sometimes but does that mean all drivers over 60 are about to cause to mow people down because they are old?"

Okay, then to be fair, when have you seen it on the news that it was not an elderly person mowing a group of people down, besides a person with epilepsy who was illegally given their license to operate a crane vehicle, a person having a heart attack, or a crazed killer?

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The difficulty is that it varies so greatly from person to person, and the necessity for cars varies by geographical location.

Maybe the law should limit the size and power of car gradually, by age group, so that you end up at 90 for example, legally allowed to drive nothing more than a 20kph battery-powered golf cart. But by then as mentioned above, self-driving cars will have taken over for those that can afford them. Self-driving taxis anyone?

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when have you seen it on the news that it was not an elderly person mowing a group of people down, besides a person with epilepsy who was illegally given their license to operate a crane vehicle, a person having a heart attack, or a crazed killer?

I hope you're being sarcastic. Otherwise, do some research and check out insurance stats before spouting off.

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Okay, then to be fair, when have you seen it on the news that it was not an elderly person mowing a group of people down

You do realize that news reports to not reflect real life statistics? Hardly a day goes by when someone isn't killed by a young and aggressive driver. But since they tend to kill one or two people per incident, they don't make the news. Rather than having a worldview shaped by tabloid news, it's better to actually research the statistics, as plasticmonkey suggests. It takes all of a couple minutes.

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Most of those accel/brake mishaps happen during parking and in parking lots. Same overseas.

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Maybe the law should limit the size and power of car gradually, by age group, so that you end up at 90 for example, legally allowed to drive nothing more than a 20kph battery-powered golf cart.

I like your idea nandaka.

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Thick metal poles between parking spots and buildings would be a start.

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