Traffic accident fatalities in 2012 decrease for 12th year in a row
The number of traffic accident fatalities nationwide in 2012 was 4,411, a decrease for the 12th year in a row, the National Police Agency (NPA) said Friday. It was also the first time since 1951 that the number of fatalities was lower than 4,500, the NPA said.
The NPA attributed the decrease to a crackdown on drunk driving (which accounted for 252 deaths) and a campaign to raise awareness of seatbelt use, TBS reported.
The NPA added that 2,264 fatalities—or 51.3%—were individuals aged 65 or older.
Aichi Prefecture recorded the most deaths, with 235, followed by Hokkaido and Saitama with 200 each, the Tokyo metropolitan area with 183 and Osaka with 182. Tottori Prefecture reported the fewest, with 30.