高市今年高齡者車禍53死  占總數四成 Seniors involved in 40% of fatal accidents

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.

 

 

車輛開在路上,昏暗的光線讓駕駛沒注意到前方長者,一不小心就撞上,另一起,則是騎著電動自行車的長輩,穿越馬路被撞,高雄市警局統計,今年1月到9月中,全市高齡者車禍死亡人數已有53人,佔全市車禍死亡總數的4成,跟往年相比,有逐步攀升的趨勢。

高雄市交通大隊副大隊長 郭文俊:「我們高雄市目前這個高齡者,占了我們將近76萬人,比例將近27%,那這個已經是進入一個超高齡的社會,(車禍時間多在)8點到10點,還有以及16點到18點這個時段最多。」

交大表示,年長者死亡車禍時間多在下午四到六點的傍晚時段,肇事交通工具主要是摩托車,但電動自行車近來也頻頻發生事故,提醒家中有年長者的民眾,留意長輩外出配備,建議裝設拇指燈、反光貼條或穿著鮮豔衣物。

年長民眾:「盡量騎人行道,(車後的反光貼條)警察幫我貼的,(你知道貼這個的作用)他說,比較能引起別人的注意。」

像是這位高齡97歲的阿公,電動自行車背後就貼上反光貼條,也會留意行車速度,而警方除了贈送防護工具給長輩外,對轄區內年長者死亡車禍較高比例的分局,也會要求加強防制。

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