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Jakarta Revving Up to Legalize Drag Racing: Basuki

BY :ARIS CAHYADI

JANUARY 13, 2016

Jakarta. Jakarta plans to make street racing legal in some parts of the capital as early as next month in a bid to regulate the popular yet dangerous past time, said Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.

Basuki is currently in talks with the Jakarta Police to set up blockades and safety barriers on certain days on streets known for being hot spots for the capital's drag racers. They will also be closed to the public.

“[Without safety precautions], these racers could crash into electricity poles [...] and possibly get killed. By legalizing the activity, [the city] could monitor the races and make them safer," he said.

However, they will only be staged by professional racing organizations who can ensure the safety of participants and spectators, he added.

The Jakarta government spends millions of rupiah on cracking down on street races that take place almost ever weekend around the capital.

Several races have led to fatalities, mostly teenagers who race their motorcycles without helmets.

The city is in talks of allowing such competitions on Jalan Benyamin Sueb in Kemayoran, Central Jakarta; Jalan Asia Afrika in Senayan, South Jakarta; and in front of the Taman Mini Indonesia Indah complex in East Jakarta.

These particular areas have long been a popular spot among drag racers for their smooth surface and few bends and turns.

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