Leaving their final decision until the last minute, Bali police are warning that that they will likely introduce “car free nights” on New Year’s Eve in anywhere from one to three areas of Bali in order to reduce traffic congestion.
Seputarbali.com reports that the outgoing police chief for Bali, General Budi Gunawan, said on Friday, December 21, 2012: “We will introduce ‘car free nights’ in Kuta, Nusa Dua and Renon. But, in terms of Nusa Dua, we’re still discussing the exact location.”
Last year the police banned all cars from entering Kuta, resulting in miles of roads crowded with parked cars on all routes leading to Kuta.
“We are still considering what to do. We don’t want to create a balloon where we put pressure in one area only to see bulge emerge somewhere else,” explained Commissioner I Wayan Sunartha of the Denpasar police precinct.
Thousands of domestic and international tourists are expected to flock from sundown until the following morning on New Year’s Eve for a night of traditional revelry.
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