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Baliís Deadly Love Affair with Motorcycles

300 People Die in Traffic Mishaps in the first Three Months of 2011. Most Traffic Deaths Motorcycle-Related

(9/4/2011) Data from the Transportation, Information and Communication Service show a low level of safety awareness among motor vehicle operators in Bali.

Beritabali.com reports that the chief of the Service, Made Santha, points to the rising number of traffic accidents, with 300 traffic fatalities recorded in Bali during the first three months of 2011, as proof of widespread disregard for safety.

Most of Bali’s traffic fatalities involve motorcyclists. Santha said: “Frequently the public ignore safe practice. In Bali alone, the latest data shows 300 people died needlessly driving private vehicles, primarily motorbikes. Please remind people, that transportation by motorcycles is no guarantee of personal safety.”

Even more concerning, according to Santha, is the misuse of motorcycles for the transportation of goods. He emphasized that motorcycles are only designed for travel over short distances with a maximum of two passengers.

Nationwide, the Ministry of Transportation records 30,000 people lose their lives each year in Indonesia while operating motorbikes. Worldwide 1.5 million people die each year as the results of motorcycle mishaps.

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