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Wear a Shirt or Get a Ticket

Denpasar Police Crack Down on Shirtless Motorcyclists.

(1/31/2009) In addition to issuing tickets to motorcyclists lacking driver's licenses, vehicle title and helmets, NusaBali reports that Denpasar's traffic police will soon also be taking actions against drivers, presumably male, cruising Bali's roads bare-chested.

Declared "Operation Sympathetic" and focused primarily on the streets of Kuta, a police official confirmed that special attention would be given to foreign male tourists driving motorcycles while not wearing a shirt.

Insisting that Bali's streets and highways were in great need of a "standard of ethics and normative behavior" for motorists, the police spokesman also said a failure to wear a shirt can result in greater injuries when cyclist fall and make contact with asphalt road surfaces.

During the first several days of the "wear a shirt" operation, police were presenting t-shirts as gifts to those caught in the operation.