Kaohsiung sees a rising trend that more elderly citizens die because of traffic accidents. The traffic police is applying additional measures to prevent similar tragedies.
Presenter: According to Kaohsiung police statistics, 53 senior citizens died in traffic accidents between January and mid-September this year. Most of the accidents took place between 4 and 6 p.m. The police say people with elderly parents should make sure they wear brightly colored clothing and finger lights when they go out, or put reflective stickers on their vehicles.
In the dim light, the driver didn't notice an elder just in front of him and hit him accidentally. In another case, an elderly rider riding an electric bicycle was hit when crossing the road. According to Kaohsiung police statistics, 53 senior citizens died in traffic accidents between January and mid-September. Seniors accounted for 40 percent of all traffic fatalities, and the percentage is rising.
Kuo Wen-chun, Deputy Chief, Kaohsiung City Traffic Police:” The senior population in Kaohsiung is close to 760,000 or almost 27 percent of the total population. We are a super-aged society. (Most accidents take place) between 8 and 10 a.m. and 4 and 6 p.m.”
Traffic police say most accidents involving seniors take place between 4 and 6 p.m., with scooters being the most frequent offending vehicle and electric bicycle accidents also on the rise. Police are recommending brightly colored clothing, finger lights and reflective stickers to keep seniors safe.
Senior Citizen: “I try to drive on the sidewalk as much as possible. The police gave me (a reflective sticker) for the back of my bike. (Do you know what it's for?) They said it gets other people's attention.”
This 97-year-old man has a reflective sticker on the back of his electric bike and makes sure he drives at a safe speed. Apart from distributing safety equipment to seniors, the police are also stepping up efforts to keep seniors safe in districts with a higher rate of fatal accidents.