Killer old farts cause 42.6% of Japanese traffic deaths

Killer old fart driver

Over-65s account for record 42.6% of traffic deaths in 2005
Kyodo, TOKYO — People aged over 65 accounted for a record 42.6 percent of deaths in traffic accidents in Japan last year, the National Police Agency said ...more...

UPDATE: As I was helpfully reminded the title is wrong: 42.6 percent of older people die from their accidents–not 42.6 percent cause accidents.
Anyway….
I am forever amazed that the average age of a Japanese taxi driver is well over 65 years old. It’s a bit unnerving when my driver with thick trifocals cannot read his GPS map and asks me for help. I feel like just going in the front and drive the damn cab myself. Per kilometer driven, Tokyo is damn dangerous. I have been in several taxi wrecks in the past 20 years and expect to be in more. Hint: Always use the seatbelts in a Japanese cab–I do.

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Taro

I'm a pale, alien, quadruped who has worked for 25+ years at "Maybe-the-Largest Inc." in Tokyo.

One thought on “Killer old farts cause 42.6% of Japanese traffic deaths”

  1. Hm i just thought i would point out your title for this is wrong and also very misleading.
    The article says that ”People aged over 65 accounted for a record 42.6 percent of deaths in traffic accidents in Japan last year”
    Not that 42.6% were caused by people over 65.
    Also please remember that in a car crash old people are a lot more likely to die than young people.
    So i mean a % of the 42.6 will be by accidents not caused by them and then there will a certain amount who die in accidents that aren’t lethal to others.

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