A train traveling from Solo, Central Java, collided with a TransJakarta bus and a minivan at the Gunung Sahari railway crossing in North Jakarta in May 2016. (Antara Photo/Rivan Awal Lingga)

Fewer Accidents, More Road Fatalities in 2016: Jakarta Police


JANUARY 09, 2017

Jakarta. Police recorded a spike in the number of fatalities from traffic accidents across the Greater Jakarta area in 2016 compared to the previous year, though the total number of accidents had actually fallen.

Jakarta Police traffic unit's law enforcement head Supt. Budiyanto said there was a four percent decrease in the number of traffic accidents in the Greater Jakarta area, from 6,434 in 2015 to 6,180 in 2016.

However, the total number of fatalities had spiked 15 percent, from 591 to 678. Meanwhile, the total number of traffic accident victims had dropped from 7,569 in 2015 to 7,415 in 2016 — a two percent decrease overall.

In 2016, 2,250 people suffered serious injuries from road accidents in Greater Jakarta, and 4,476 escaped with minor injuries, Budiyanto said.

East Jakarta recorded the most number of traffic accidents with 904 cases, followed by Bekasi in West Java with 769 cases and North Jakarta with 617 cases.

Most accidents in 2016 involved motorcycles, with 5,626 bikes seized or ticketed by the police.