Hundreds died in traffic during mudik
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 09/08/2008 1:59 PM | National
Thousands vehicles were fined and hundreds of travelers were killed in traffic during the Idul Fitri homecoming season last year, the National Police said.
Homecoming, also known as mudik, has become a tradition for many Indonesian Muslims ahead of Idul Fitri, which marks the end of the Islamic fasting month of Ramadan. This year, the Idul Fitri holidays are expected to fall on October 1 and 2
"There were 789 people who died on the road last year, in incoming and outgoing traffic," the National Police Traffic Director Yudi Sushariyanto told the House of Representative's Commission V on Monday.
According to Yudi, there will be more travelers traveling by motorcycle this year than last year.
"We are expecting about 2.5 million motorcycles this year, an 18 percent increase from last year's," Yudi said, as quoted by Kompas.
He added that the increase would render more attention being paid on motorcycle travelers.
"Previously we escorted travelers from Jakarta to Semarang, but now we've received request for a convoy all the way to Surabaya (East Java) and also the route back to Jakarta," Yudi said. (amr)