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Bali Records 14% More Traffic Accidents and 6% Increase in Road Deaths in 2017

(12/30/2017) The Provincial Police Force of Bali recorded 1,698 accidents in 2017, an increase of 14% over the previous year.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Inspector-General Petrus Golose, who leads the Island’s police force, revealed that 464 deaths were attributed to traffic accidents through all of 2017. That number, too, was a 6% increase over the 437-traffic death recorded in 2016.

Property losses suffered in connection with traffic accidents was estimated at Rp. 3.9 billion.

In order to reduce the number of traffic accidents, Golose has increased police presence on Bali’s roads, particularly during morning hours when police say motorists are most at risk.

Police are also intensifying traffic safety campaigns and roadside document and safety inspections.

In analyzing traffic accidents over the past year, police say motorcycles are most at risk in collisions with either the front or sides of other vehicles.

Most accidents occur to drivers between the ages of 16 and 30 years with the second largest accident group comprised of drivers over the age of 51 years.