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Counting the Carnage

More Accidents But Fewer Fatalities on Baliís Roads in 2011

(12/30/2011) Kompas.com report that from January-November 2011, 6,820 people were victims of road accident in Bali. This figure represents a substantial increase from 2010 when the number of casualties was 4,500.

The most significant increase was in the area of serious injuries, which doubled in 2011. Bali recorded 3,268 traffic personal-injury accidentsone year before (2010) when the total was 1,370.

Fatalities at the scene of the accident reduced in 2011 by 72 people, a decline of 11%. In 2010, there were 606 people who died at the scene of an accident as compared to 534 in the current year.

The causes cited by police for accidents were varied and included  poor road conditions and a lack of warning signage, according to the Director of Traffic for the Bali Police, Grand Commissioner M. Arkan K. Hamzah.