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And a Light Onto Your Path

Bali Traffic Police Order Motorcycles Lights to be "On" Whenever they Take to the Roads.

(12/6/2009) In an effort to reduce the carnage on Bali's roadways, the Bali Traffic Police are requiring that motorcycles travel at all times with their headlights on.

The stipulation to drive with headlight "on" is based on a recently passed traffic law and provides for Rp. 100,000 (US$10) fines for those failing to engage their light during daytime hours and Rp. 250,000 (US$25) for those guilty of the same offense after dark. Those unable to pay the fine will face jail time.

The Head of Bali's traffic police, Bambang Sugeng, said that technicians from Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha are prepared to make alterations on their brand of motorcycles that will engage headlights automatically every time the engine of a motorcycles is started.

In order to guarantee the success of this element of the Bali Police's "Safety riding" program the police are also socializing the new regulation by placing banners in strategic locations around Bali and a declared their intention to issue warnings rather than tickets during their first three months of the program.

Police officials also warn that motorcyclists that fail to display a license plate will be fined Rp. 500,000 (US$50) and those taking to the roadways without bringing their driver's license can expect a fine of Rp. 1 million (US$100).