December 28, 2022 10:21
More and more traffic accidents are caused by senior citizens as Korea ages.
The number surged 57 percent since 2014 to 31,841 accidents last year, or from nine to 16 percent of all car accidents.
According to the National Police Agency, driving-license holders aged 65 or more increased from 3.08 million in 2018 to 4.02 million last year.
The main causes were poor driving skills, slow reactions and heart attacks in the car.
The government already offers financial incentives to senior citizens who turn in their driver's licenses, giving them W100,000-200,000 worth of public transportation credits or vouchers (US$1=W1,274).
But not many have accepted the offer, with uptake standing at only around two percent, mainly because the incentives are low and public transportation networks in rural areas are infrequent or nonexistent.
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