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Jakarta Post

Govt wants to halve traffic fatalities

  • Tifa Asrianti

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 12 2011   /  08:00 am

The government says its new plan will improve road infrastructure and halve the number of people killed in traffic accidents by 2020.

According to the National Police, 31,234 people died in traffic accidents in 2010, or more than three deaths an hour.

Estimates of the financial costs due to traffic accidents in Indonesia in 2010 ranged from Rp 203 trillion (US$23.75 billion) to Rp 217 trillion, or about 3.1 percent of the national GDP.

Bambang Prihartono, the National Planning Development Board’s transportation director, said that the government planned to reduce the number of traffic deaths by 50 percent by 2020 and by 80 percent by 2035.

“We also plan to reach a fatality index of 0.79 per 10,000 vehicles by 2035,” Bambang said.

The government wanted to reduce the traffic accident death rate to 2.63 per 100,000 people by 2035, down from 13.15 in...