Police Warn Against Accidents on Garut Roads in Holiday Season

The steep and winding road to Garut can be dangerous to inexperienced drivers. (Antara Photo/Adeng Bustomi)

By : Amal Ganesha | on 4:27 PM December 27, 2017
Category : News, Transportation

Jakarta. Police in Garut, West Java, warned people to be extra cautious when driving through the region's mountainous roads that are prone to landslides.

"The roads in Garut can be quite extreme," Garut Police's head of traffic Erik Prakasa said on Tuesday as reported by state news agency Antara.

Garut is a popular tourist destination. Many come to the area by cars or chartered buses.

According to Erik, the most difficult spots for drivers are near two popular tourist areas, Darajat Pass in Pasirwangi and Mount Papandayan in Cisurupan.

"Drivers have to be extra careful when passing through Darajat Pass, Papandayan and a few other spots south of Garut," he said.

"Travelers should ensure their cars are in good working order, especially the brakes. They should be checked [before coming to Garut]," Erik added.

Garut Police are also performing checks on buses coming into the area to prevent accidents caused by vehicle malfunctions.

"We inspect every bus that comes through. If they don't meet safety standards we penalize them and order them to turn back," he said.

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