Batu City, East Java (Reportase One) – The East Java Regional Police Traffic Directorate noted an increase in traffic accidents during the 2023 Eid holiday in the region.
East Java Regional Police Traffic Director Senior Commissioner M. Taslim Chairuddin in Batu City, Monday, said the increase in the number of traffic accidents or accidents was counted since the implementation of the Ketupat Operation starting April 18, 2023.
“451 accidents were recorded, an increase of around 10 percent compared to the Eid holiday in 2022 with a total of 410 incidents,” he said.
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Taslim explained that during the five days of the Ketupat Operation, there was an increase in the number of accidents with as many as 41 incidents in the East Java region. This increase is in line with the increase in community activity during Lebaran trips.
Even though the incidents of accidents in the East Java region during the 2023 Eid holiday have increased, the number of fatalities has decreased, from 35 people last year to 21 people in 2023.
“In terms of fatalities, this is down to the number of victims who died,” he said.
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Dirlantas added that during the Lebaran homecoming period this time the number of people who made the trip recorded an increase. The government estimates there are approximately 123 million travelers, an increase from the previous year’s 87 million people.
“In 2023, the number of travelers nationally will be 123 million, if 17.1 percent means that there will be 21.2 million travelers in East Java. So, a sharp increase of almost 33 percent. During the 2023 Ketupat Operation, we were able to prevent 424 people from dying as a result of accidents,” he said.
To face the 2023 Eid holiday season this time, the police have made a number of efforts to anticipate traffic jams, especially in a number of tourist areas in East Java.
One of the efforts implemented is the implementation of a one-way traffic flow scheme to Batu Tourism City. One-way traffic is enforced situationally starting from the Pendem Intersection to the Tiga Dewi Sartika Road Intersection, Batu City.
Reporter: Vicki Febrianto
Editor: Didik Kusbiantoro
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