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Engine mods proposed to curb road deaths

  • Slamet Susanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Fri, December 5 2008   /  11:27 am

Indonesia must enforce speed limits, especially on motorcyclists, as 90 percent of the 17,000 motor-related deaths that occur per year in the country are attributed to speeding and reckless driving, an official says. Director General for Land Transportation at the Transportation Ministry Suroyo Alimoeso said Thursday motorists tended to drive at high speeds without heeding safety laws. He said action was needed to take the ability to break speed limits away from motorists to minimize accidents, suggesting that vehicle engines be modified to limit speeds. "The engine speeds of vehicles, especially motorbikes, should be modified to reduce accidents," Suroso said. Many of Indonesia's roads and highways have speed limits, but motorists tend to ignore the rules. In an effort to enforce speed limits, the Land Transportation Directorate General is ...