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Jakarta Post

'CIick it for safety': Jakarta motorists not fond of wearing seat belts, ETLE data shows

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, July 9, 2019   /  06:44 pm
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A police officer monitors the traffic flow through the CCTV network in the Traffic Management Center, Polda Metro Jaya, Jakarta on July 1. The Jakarta Police's Traffic Directorate has expanded the types of offenses committed by motorists on July 1 that it monitors through the newly installed state-of-the-art cameras through its electronic traffic law enforcement system. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Three college students had plenty of time to spare and money in their pockets last weekend, so after lunch at a fast food restaurant in the Sarinah shopping mall on Jl. MH Thamrin in Central Jakarta, they headed for the Camden Bar in Cikini, about 4 kilometers away. Behind the wheel was 20-year-old Thomas Kurniawan. He visibly tried to appear good-humored after he failed to convince his buddies on board, Martua Silitonga and Andreas Butar-Butar, to use their seat belts. He worried about being caught by the traffic cameras that police had installed along the streets they would pass. Martua, 20, and Andreas, 19, had retorted they did not feel comfortable sitting buckled up. In their hometown of Medan, North Sumatra, they argued, few people would bother using the basic safety equipment while riding in a car. “They know the risks of not putting on seat belts. I’m tired o...