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Death Of Ukrainian Tourist In Bali Hailed As A Wake-Up Call For Drivers

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Police have confirmed the death of a 33-year-old Ukrainian tourist in Bali. The man, known by his initials DR, is believed to have passed away in the earlier hours of Tuesday 10th, January after driving off the Canggu Shortcut into a drainage canal.

Drivers found his body around 8 am, and police and the emergency services arrived shortly after. The incident has triggered a conversation online, with many questioning how the emergency services managed the scene and even more people calling on drivers across Bali to abide by the law and drive with more care. 

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Police confirmed the incident to the media on Tuesday afternoon. The Head of Public Relations of the Badung Police, Iptu Ketut Sudana, told the press “The victim’s motorbike was identified by the “Sakura Scooter Rental” sticker on the front of the motorbike. Receiving information that a person had died, North Kuta Police officers immediately went to the scene. Regarding the motorbike, the owner of the vehicle confirmed it, and the victim was the person who rented it”. 

He continued, “TKP investigations have been carried out, and witnesses have been examined. It is presumed that this victim died after experiencing a traffic accident.”

The police issued a statement confirming the graphic head injuries that DR suffered and confirmed that he was not wearing a motorcycle helmet. His injuries are believed to have been caused when his head hit the concrete banks of the drainage canal.

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The incident was confirmed by police in the afternoon; however, within moments of DR’s body being discovered, videos were already circulating online. Police did not close the Canggu Shortcut during their investigation, nor while DR’s body was recovered from the collision site. His name was published online before police had made an official statement and likely before his family was even informed of his passing.

One online commenter wrote on a post shared by Bali Living, a social media page, “Why is the shortcut open, where is the police, where is the tape blocking off the area, why is the scene such a zoo … poor man. Why are there no authorities at the scene clearing out the area and keeping people away? Where is the Banjar? How many people have to fall and die in that ditch before whoever is in charge of that neighborhood installs some barriers? Why can the shortcut be closed for politicians to take a walk during the G20 but not for a police investigation and victim retrieval? Absolutely insane.”

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The incident hit newsfeeds just hours after a video went viral of a tourist dancing while driving. The woman driving was holding onto the handlebars with one hand while dancing the other in the air. She did not wear a helmet and was wearing shorts and a crop top.

And late on the 10th of January, the social media account The Canngu Pole shared footage on its stories of another tourist standing on the seat of his moped driving while through central Canggu. The caption on the IG story reads, ‘this screams deportation to me,’ accompanied by some more explicit descriptions of the driver’s behavior. 

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The online debate is going around in circles. Everyone can agree that drivers, both local and foreign, need to take more precautions on the road. But each group seems to be pointing the finger at the other and then back again at their own community. Many are calling on the police and provincial government to do more to control traffic, enforce the law with more vigor, and to improve road conditions, especially in Canggu. 

Officials in Badung Regency confirmed to the media late last year that funding has been allocated to Canggu for road improvements in 2023. However, land acquisition remains in progress to widen roads and improve overall safety for drivers.

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J.Maas

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Driving too fast and for an european at the wrong side of the road and not wearing a secured helmet, voilà a dead person in an accident. Has nothing to do with a barrier or safetybar along the road. Every biker knows that he always has to have control over his bike. Unfortunately a lot of bule don’t have this or think they are captain kirk, superman or captain america

Shorty

Monday 16th of January 2023

@Yuoku, Barriers aren't the problem. Riders/drivers not paying attention is.

Shorty

Monday 16th of January 2023

@J.Maas Agree, So in Bali there's all kinds of potential hazards from canals, bad and narrow surfaces, ill defined edges, bad lighting, lack signage.. You know this. So if you f$#@ up it's your own fault. Add in unlicensed in the home country, no appropriate insurance - negated by booze, no helmet and lack of licence, Bule isn't bulletproof. In these cases the 'Go Fund Me' pages piss me off. 'I was a d!#$head, so who'll bail me out?'

Shorty

Monday 16th of January 2023

@Yuoku, The problem is not barriers. Pissed bules at night will ignore them and think they're canal, barrier, bareheaded bulletproof.

Shorty

Monday 16th of January 2023

@Wayan Bo, Apart from b being impractical. Pissed bules will ignore the signs.

Randy

Monday 16th of January 2023

@Yuoku, why are you comparing oranges and apples. If you are in a foreign country, you become more aware of your surroundings and that begins with driving. Otherwise do not drive at all. I would rather not drive here nor in Europe. But in the US is where I am familiar with. Voila...

Exp

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Another tragic ending.

Driving motorbike is calculated risk taking especially here in Bali. Many come here and feel freedom from being able to drive the way they do here. Those not bothered with high alcohol intake, high speed, lack of helmet, lack of proper clothing, lack of driving skills may meet their maker sooner than later.

No points asking for "barriers" to prevent driving off the road at that particularly spot. "Barriers" are missing all over the island!

I was once sitting in the waiting room at SOS clinic when a tourist driving a motorbike failed to break for a slow car in front -- on Jl Bypass just outside the SOS clinic. Lucky dude as SOS personnel brough him in on a stretcher for stabilization before sending him off to nearby hospital within 10 minutes. Having an accident up in the mountains or on one of the gillies -- then it may take the whole day to reach a proper hospital.

Shorty

Friday 13th of January 2023

@Exp,You can't put brains in statues.....particularly pissed ones with no helmets late at night.

Shorty

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Considering the number of bikes and daily bike journeys the number of deaths is minimal. No helmet, taking a shortcut, late at night, maybe out enjoying himself and not paying enough attention?

Wayan Bo

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Just two days before Christian Orthodox New Year. Very sad. R. I. P.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 12th of January 2023

Uncovered drainage canals are serious problem in Bali. Some persons got serious leg hurt by exiting cars such taxis and others already.

Shorty

Monday 16th of January 2023

@Peter wood, some some stupid people don't look before opening the door and getting out of a taxi. How many injuries deaths can you attribute to this? Bugger all. How many injuries and deaths can you attribute to pissed bules at night? Most.

Peter wood

Saturday 14th of January 2023

@Shorty, wayan bo just said people exiting taxis fall into uncovered drains..you went on a rant about drunk bikes...stupid

Shorty

Friday 13th of January 2023

@Wayan Bo, Look at the stats. Uncovered drainage canals aren't the problem. It's usually unlicensed pissed bules riding without a helmet at night.