<Anchor> There was a case in which



a driver crashed into a car of a stranger on the road, followed him and smashed the car's window. The investigation revealed that the perpetrator had a mental illness. Now is the time for a social discussion about the driving problem of mentally ill people who threaten not only others but also their own safety.



Reporter Jung Jun-ho pointed it out.



<Reporter> On



a road in Changwon, Gyeongnam, a white car behind you suddenly overtakes and blocks the car in front.



The driver of the white vehicle, who got out of the car and said something, got back into the car and continued to obstruct the way, then quickly backed up and crashed into it.



As the startled, damaged vehicle flees, it chases at full speed and slams the rear window with its helmet.



[Victim's family: Continue 'Get down! get off!' He said he just kept saying this. As the car stopped, he came to the driver's seat and hit the driver's seat window again (with a helmet).] The



victim, who was attacked by a stranger, found out during the police investigation that the assailant had a mental illness.



[Victim's family: (The perpetrator said that we) My mother said 'I shot electricity' and 'I had no choice but to do this'. (Mother) is having a very hard time because of the trauma... .]



Driving accidents in mentally ill people are recurring.



Two years ago, three people died in reverse driving on the highway.



If you have a mental illness, you need more careful issuance and management of your driver's license, but the reality is that it is not.



Under the current law, only those who have been hospitalized for more than 6 months among certain mental illnesses are obliged to take an aptitude test to maintain their license.



However, patient information such as hospitalization records are notified to the licensing agency only once every three months, and aptitude tests can be delayed.



In the United States and the United Kingdom, family members, police and medical staff are also allowed to apply for aptitude tests for drivers with mental illness, but the National Assembly and the police are preparing similar bills.



[Baekjongwoo / Kyunghee University Hospital, Mental Health Department, Professor: this, because this system can intervene to find in the community for us to lacking a bit I think there may be some concern about such a part of]



the license restrictions of mental illness are human rights violations There is an urgent need for social discussion to establish a system that balances public interest and human rights.



(Video coverage: Hwang In-seok, video editing: Kim Jong-tae) 

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