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The number of traffic accident deaths nationwide declined in 2014, but the share of elderly people killed was the highest in nearly 50 years, according to a government report issued Tuesday that called for further development in safe-driving technology like automatic braking systems.

A total of 4,113 people were killed in traffic accidents last year, down 260 from the previous year and marking the 14th consecutive yearly decline, according to the white paper on road safety.

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