The Jakarta Post
Following its new plan to criminalize the act of listening to music and radio while driving, the Jakarta Police said motorists would be allowed to listen to music or use audiovisual components when their vehicles are completely parked.
“[Listening to music is allowed] when the motorists are resting, meaning their vehicles are parked,” Jakarta Police traffic division chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Budiyanto said on Thursday, as quoted by kompas.com.
He also suggested the drivers not listen to music or use the audiovisual components when stuck in traffic because he claimed it could interfere with their concentration.
He added that according to the police’s evaluation, the majority of traffic accidents happened because the drivers were not focused while driving.
“Listening to the radio, smoking cigarettes and using your cellphone while driving can disturb concentration,” Budiyanto said, adding that motorists who took part in such behavior had violated Article 106 of Law No. 22/2009 on traffic and land transportation.
The law states that every motorist must drive with full concentration. Violators are subject to three months in prison and a fine of up to Rp 750,000 (US$54.50). (vny)