5.7 Aged Persons Killed by Traffic Accidents A Day

Korea Times (Seoul, Korea), October 3, 2000 | Go to article overview

5.7 Aged Persons Killed by Traffic Accidents A Day


An average of 5.7 persons aged 60 or older were reported to be killed by traffic accidents every day, while 70 aged people suffered injuries from the mishaps.

Marking the Day of the Elderly yesterday, the Good Driver Association called on the government to work out safety measures to help the elderly avoid traffic accidents.

The civic group said that a growing number of aged people had suffered from traffic accidents over the last 10 years, while those mishaps involving children had declined sharply.

Citing statistics compiled by the National Police Agency, the association said that the number of traffic casualties aged 60 or older had increased by 5 percent during the past decade.

The tally showed that a total of 2,066 aged people died from traffic mishaps every year with 25,462 suffering injuries.

In Korea, 67.9 out of every 100,000 aged people were killed by traffic accidents annually. This figure was much higher than the 8.5 in Britain, 10.4 in Norway, 10.7 in Germany, 11.1 in Sweden and 12.7 in Australia.

``As the aging population has risen steadily over the last decade, more and more older people have been victimized by traffic accidents,'' the association said. …

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