Travelers caught in a traffic jam on the Cikampek Toll Road in West Java on Sunday (02/07). (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A.)

Idul Fitri Traffic Accidents Down 42%: Nat'l Police Chief


JULY 03, 2017

Jakarta. National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Monday (03/07) that the number of accidents during this year's Idul Fitri holiday exodus has decreased 42 percent compared to 2016.

Tito also expressed his appreciation of the coordination between all related institutions in maintaining traffic safety.

"Beside a few congested spots, it [the traffic] was relatively smoothly. The number of casualties has greatly decreased compared to last year, by about a third," Tito told reporters.

Tito said there were no significant clogs like in the previous year. However, he observed there should be more rest areas on the Cipali Toll Road connecting West and Central Java.

"Tired after long trips, people had to line in crowded rest areas, so they chose to rest on the roadside. This caused traffic jams," he added.

Tito expressed his hope the new toll road to Semarang, Central Java, will help with next year's exodus traffic.

"By next year's Lebaran, the new toll road to Semarang will be operational. This will ease the traffic flow. But there must be more rest areas and exits to alleviate congestion," he said.

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