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Police record 70 accidents 7 days prior to Eid al-Fitr

Ahad 10 Jun 2018 06:30 WIB

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Traffic accident. (Illustration)

Traffic accident. (Illustration)

Foto: Republika/Wihdan Hidayat
The number of accidents have gone down by 33 percent compared to last year Eid.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA -- Some 70 traffic accidents occurred in several areas across Indonesia as of June 8, which is 7 days before the celebration of Eid al-Fitr 2018, also known as the Ketupat Operation. The accidents led to the death of 14 people and severely wounded 12 people, while 84 others suffered mild injuries.

Compared to the data from last year's operational period, the number was recorded to have gone down by 33 percent.

"Last year, there were 104 cases recorded, seven days before Ied, which led to the death of 39 people," Head of the National Police Force Public Relations division Brig.Gen. Mohammad Iqbal remarked in Jakarta, Saturday.

He added that there have been an increase in vehicle flow from Jakarta towards West Java and Central Java by 30 percent. The increase in the traffic flow resulted in a long enough queue at a number of points on the toll and arterial road.

"Congestion in toll roads and main roads are due to the heavy volume of vehicles that are operating at the same time," he said.

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The 2018 Ketupat Operation will last for 18 days from 7 June to 24 June. There were 177 thousand personnel from the National Army, as well as Police force, Satpol PP, firefighters and the ranks of relevant agencies deployed in the operation.

Police also prepared as many as 3,097 security posts throughout Indonesia during the implementation of the Ketupat Operation 2018.

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