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The Long Arm of the Law

Bali Police Seeking Public Help in Ending Roadside Payoffs to Traffic Police.

(3/19/2011) The Bali police have installed 30 banners one each in English and Indonesian near 15 traffic lights along the Ngurah Rai Bypass and other heavy traffic area reminding the public to not pay "unofficial" fees to traffic police. The public notices remind people that traffic tickets can be settled easily at a sector police headquarters (Polres) or at the Denpasar Courts.

According to Bima Aria Viyasa, the head of the traffic division at the Denpasar Polres, the very public reminders have been posted to discourage undisciplined police officers seeking bribes from motorists. Said Bima, "drivers who violate the law will continue to be given tickets that can be paid at the Polres or the Denpasar Court."

Explaining the use of English in the announcements, Bima said many foreigners stopped for traffic violations tend to ask for an "accelerated" ticketing process which, he explained, creates a situation ripe for bribery.

He vowed that his office will spare no effort in training and upgrading traffic officers while trying to prevent mistakes by police officers serving the public. Bima insisted that when traffic officers are found to have broken the rules they will receive strong sanctions.