31 elderly individuals fatally injured in 715 severe traffic accidents during first three quarters of the year

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26th November 2023 – (Hong Kong) In light of the recent surge in serious traffic accidents involving elderly individuals, authorities are urging pedestrians to prioritize traffic safety while crossing roads. Law enforcement agencies have revealed that there have been 715 fatal and severe traffic accidents in the first three quarters of this year, marking a nearly 50% decrease compared to the average of the same period over the past five years. Shockingly, among these incidents, 31 individuals aged 65 and above have lost their lives, accounting for 61% of the overall accident-related fatalities.

In response to these alarming statistics, the authorities have turned their attention to the requirements for health examinations of senior professional drivers. The Transport Department has initiated a review and consultation process regarding the physical fitness documentation required for driver’s license applicants and holders. It is expected that relevant proposals will be expeditiously submitted for parliamentary deliberation and subsequent implementation.