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At least 283 travelers killed in traffic accidents during exodus

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, August 18 2012   /  10:03 am
Vehicles inch their way forward on the Nagreg ring road in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday. The 5.4-kilometer road is the main artery between West Java and Central Java. (JP/Arya Dipa)(JP/Arya Dipa)

Vehicles inch their way forward on the Nagreg ring road in Bandung, West Java, on Thursday. The 5.4-kilometer road is the main artery between West Java and Central Java. <i> (JP/Arya Dipa) </i>The National Police have disclosed that at least 283 people have been killed in 1,602 traffic accidents during the current exodus across the nation in the period between Aug. 11 to Aug. 15, 2012.

Aside from causing fatalities, the large number of traffic accidents had also caused material losses estimated at Rp 4.5 billion (US$472,500), according to the police.

Hundreds of thousands of travelers leave big cities annually to celebrate Idul Fitri, the end of Ramadhan fasting month, with family members and relatives in their hometowns.

“On Aug. 15 alone, 337 traffic accidents took place, resulting in the deaths of 66 people,” National Police spokesman Insp. Gen. An...