Tokyo to provide subsidy for elderly drivers

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to launch a subsidy to help prevent accidents involving elderly drivers.

Elderly drivers have recently been involved in a series of traffic accidents across Japan. In many cases, drivers mistakenly stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes.

After reviewing such accidents, the Tokyo government decided to cover about 90 percent of the cost of installing a device to keep elderly drivers from making mistakes.

Tokyo officials estimate that the drivers themselves will pay less than 90 dollars for the device.

The officials plan to decide on details of the program, including ages of targeted people.

They've also launched a project team to study other measures to prevent accidents involving elderly drivers.