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The Deadly Toll on Bali's Roads

Bali Police Share Accident Statistics and Urge Greater Caution When Driving in Bali.

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Nusa Bali reports that 222 people have lost their lives on Bali's roadways in the past 5 months, underlining the tragic consequences of failing to follow traffic rules and drive carefully on the Island's roads and streets.

Bali's police report that in the period January – May 2008 there were 644 recorded traffic accidents in Bali resulting in 222 deaths, 428 serious injuries and 491 minor injuries. Meanwhile, the material cost of these traffic mishaps is estimated at Rp. 674 million (US$72,500).

Compared to the same period in 2007 the evidence is that Bali's roads may be increasingly dangerous. In the January – May 2007 period there were 593 accidents that caused 225 deaths, 392 serious injuries and 514 minor costing Rp. 762 million (US$81,970). In terms of total accidents, driving in 2008 is 8.6% more dangerous than it was in 2007.

Police reveal that the most traffic fatalities occurred in Bali's heavily populated Badung regency (52) followed by Gianyar (33), Jembrana (29), Tabanan (26), Buleleng (25) and Klungkung (4).

In order to upgrade the safety on Bali's highways, police continue to intensify traffic enforcement efforts and have introduced an education programs for motorcyclists (safety riding).

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