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Jakarta Post

Road wrecks up on list of Bali top killers

  • Ni Komang Erviani

    The Jakarta Post

Denpasar   /   Thu, August 4 2011   /  07:00 am

Deaths from traffic accidents have increased in recent years, making road wrecks Bali’s No. 3 leading cause of death, according to an official.

“The mortality rate attributed to traffic accidents has shown a continuous significant increase, making traffic accidents the third-biggest killer after cardiovascular disease and diabetes,” Bali Health Agency chief Nyoman Sutedja said.

Traffic accidents were the eighth leading cause of death in Bali in 2006, according to statistics.

Sutedja said the traffic deaths were principally comprised of fatal head injuries suffered by motorcyclists. “This likely happens because the victims failed to use helmets.”

Traffic accidents claimed 287 lives in the first half of 2011, excluding victims who died later in the hospital, according to the Bali Traffic Police.

According to the police, 759 people were severely...