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Japan plans driver's license for seniors as accidents rise

Restrictions will limit holders to cars equipped with safety features

This June 6 accident in the Japanese city of Nagoya was caused by an 87-year-old driver who later said he pressed too hard on the accelerator, according to police.

TOKYO -- The Japanese government is considering issuing restricted licenses that would limit the elderly to safety-enhanced vehicles in light of a surge in accidents attributed to the declining skills of senior drivers.

The new license would be issued on a voluntary basis to drivers aged 75 and older. Envisioned safety features include systems that automatically hit the brakes in an emergency if the operator fails to do so or accidentally steps on the gas pedal instead. The government will consult with automakers to hammer out details.

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