Traffic accidents during Idul Fitri exodus claimed 628 lives

Traffic accidents during Idul Fitri exodus claimed 628 lives

Photo document of police arrange vehicles stuck in traffic at the junction of Gadog, Bogor, West Java. (ANTARA/Jafkhairi)

The number of cases of traffic accidents dropped 52 percent ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Traffic accidents that occurred across Indonesia during the Idul Fitri exodus resulted in 628 fatalities, according to a spokesman for the police.

"The number of casualties during the Ketupat Operation held till Day+7 of Idul Fitri reached 628," Brigadier General Agus Rianto, a spokesman for the Indonesian Police Headquarters, said here on Saturday.

The police launched the Ketupat Operation on July 10, which was seven days before (D-7) Idul Fitri. It will be held till July 25, seven days after (D+7) the festival.

As many as 2,985 cases of traffic accidents took place, claiming 628 lives, seriously injuring 1,028 people and slightly wounding 3,808 others.

However, the number of traffic accidents declined 4 percent from that in the same period of 2014. In addition, fatalities decreased 8 percent; the number of people who sustained serious injuries dropped by 0.1 percent; and the number of people who suffered minor injuries reduced by 3 percent.

On D+7 alone, there were 97 cases of traffic accidents, wherein 16 were killed, 26 sustained serious injuries and 86 received minor ones.

"The number of cases of traffic accidents dropped 52 percent, while the number of fatalities decreased 64 percent as compared to that in the same period last year," he stated.

During the 16-day operation, 82,538 police personnel were deployed.

Besides them, 12,761 military personnel and 50,377 personnel from other institutions were fielded.

In total, 145,676 personnel were deployed for the operation in 3,030 security posts and 1,083 public service posts that were established along the routes that would be taken by travelers during the exodus.
(T.A064/Uu.F001/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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