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Jakarta Post

Motorcyclists face high risks

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 17 2009   /  01:20 pm

Weaving in and out of dense traffic, motorcyclists earn the envy and wrath of other road users. Unfortunately, they are also the largest number of road accident victims, the WHO says. The World Health Organization revealed on Tuesday that almost half of the 1.27 million people who die in road traffic accidents every year around the world were pedestrians, motorcyclists and cyclists. The study titled "Global Status Report on Road Safety", revealed that most of the people who were killed in road accidents in Indonesia were riders of motorized two-or three-wheel vehicles (61 percent). Next were pedestrians (15 percent), cyclists (13 percent), passengers of 4-wheel vehicles (4 percent) and drivers of 4-wheel vehicles (3 percent), as recorded by the National Police in 2008, in three provinces. Margaret Chan, the WHO director general, said, "We are ...