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The first half of 1999 saw 4,190 traffic accidents deaths, 0.9 percent fewer than the same period last year. But traffic fatalities among people aged 65 and older increased by 1.9 percent to 1,425, according to a National Police Agency report released Thursday.

Among fatal accidents involving the elderly, 987 victims, or 69.3 percent, had been walking or riding bicycles at the time, the NPA said, adding that accidents at intersections are on the increase. The NPA is urging drivers to be more cautious around elderly pedestrians and cyclists.

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