Regarding the Big in Japan column titled “Fatal traffic mishaps put drivers in the media spotlight” (May 26), I am losing count of the number of traffic accidents in recent years where the vehicle involved has ridden up onto the sidewalk, injuring and even killing pedestrians.

One cause for the apparent increase must be, as your article pointed out, the graying of Japan’s population, with the resulting increase in the number of elderly drivers in their 70s or 80s. Another factor is surely the rising incidence of accidents caused by distracted drivers, looking at their mobile phones or even texting while driving.

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