Bali’s Roads Among Indonesia’s Deadliest

As Bali tourism continues on a fast rebound track, fears are surfacing about the mortal and physical risks associated with driving on Bali’s roadways.

As reported by, the safety risks of driving in Bali are increasing significantly. The Deputy-Chairman for Transportation Safety from the Indonesian Transportation Community (MTI), Rivan A. Purwantoro, said in a press conference on Wednesday, 27 December 2023: “And if you look at accident rates, these have undergone a drastic increase. Two provinces stand out, namely Bali and East Kalimantan.”

Rivan explained that the increase in traffic accidents in Bali has doubled from only one year before. These accidents impact all elements of society, including residents and tourist visitors, many of whom are driving in an unruly fashion and do not hold a valid driver’s license. 

“What’s interesting is that Bali has experienced an increase at almost double the rate of accidents last year (2022). Meanwhile, East Kalimantan’s traffic accident rates have increased by 24 percent,” Rivan added.

In contrast, Yogyakarta, another popular tourist destination, has recorded a decline in overall traffic accidents to 17%.

Nationwide, there was a 6.8% increase in traffic accidents in 2023. 

While the increase in traffic accidents is highest in East Kalimantan and Bali, the province with the highest traffic accidents in Indonesia is East Java. In 2023, Indonesia recorded 116,000 traffic accidents, 25,000 (21.6%) in East Java. 

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