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23 die in traffic accidents during Christmas holiday exodus

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 23, 2019   /   03:42 pm
23 die in traffic accidents during Christmas holiday exodus Jasa Marga personnel assist in lifting cars involved in an accident on the Purbaleunyi section of the Cipularang toll road in Purwakarta, West Java, on Monday. (ANTARA FOTO/Ibnu Chazar)

The National Police have recorded that at least 23 people have died in 47 traffic accidents during the Christmas holiday exodus.

The National Police Traffic Corps (Korlantas) also reported at least 60 people suffered from severe wounds in the accidents. Financial losses from the accidents amounted to at least Rp 100 million (US$7,153), the police said.

“Almost 50 percent of traffic accidents resulted in the deaths of our brothers and sisters. This should serve as a warning to motorists that traffic accidents can lead to death,” National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Argo Yuwono said on Monday as reported by kompas.com.

Data from Korlantas show that the accidents involved 52 motorcycles, 19 cargo vehicles, 11 cars and six buses.

Argo said that, during this holiday season, the police had deployed additional officers to prevent traffic accidents. Thus far, the officers have issued 3,315 tickets for traffic violations and 3,509 warnings.

“With such measures, we expect to reduce the number of traffic accidents and their effects,” Argo said.

Argo also advised holiday travelers and motorists to be on alert when driving on the road.

“Motorists must remain alert, be in healthy condition, have a license and registration and obey all regulations. Only by doing this, God willing, can they enjoy the 2019 Christmas and 2020 New Year holidays with friends and family.” (ami)