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The Paved Path to Destruction

Police Statistics Warn of the Danger of Driving on the Roads of Indonesia

(9/30/2013) Bali Police estimate that 1,500 road accidents occur each year on the Island, resulting in some 550 deaths.

These figure suggest an average of two people die each day on Bali’s roads.

Bali’s total accidents still represent a small fraction of the 109,038 accidents that occur nationwide and the 25,131 resulting fatalities recorded by police each year.

The property damage incurred from the carnage on Indonesia’s highways is put at Rp. 222.2 billion (US$19.3 million).

The Director of Traffic at the Bali Police Headquarters, Beno Leohennapessy, recently shared these figures, published in The Bali Post.

Beno blamed the high rate of traffic accidents and deaths on a number of factors, including human error and the condition on Bali’s roads.

The risks endemic in travelling on Indonesia’s roads is not limited to vehicle operators with an estimated 18 pedestrians also dying each day somewhere within the country.

Beno said the main types of “human error” related to traffic accidents are fatigue, driving while under the influence of alcohol, and speeding. He said that breaking existing traffic rules is the starting point of most road mishaps.