Tourists in Bali have been given a warning from community leaders and officials after a foreigner ended up in hospital after a collision late in the evening on Wednesday 8th November.
The collision occurred in the Jimbaran area, and the tourist was not under the influence of alcohol.
Local guest house owner, Suwirama, told reporters that a guest who had been staying at his homestay in the Cengiling area of Jimbaran for two months ended up in hospital on Wednesday evening after crashing into a free-roaming cow.
Suwirama has not shared any identifying details about his guests in order to protect his privacy following the incident.
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Suwirama, told reporters “I don’t know the exact order of the incident, he [the guest] only hit an animal at around 20.30 WITA.”
The cow died shortly after the collision and Suwirama assisted his guest in reaching the RSU Bali Hospital in Jimbaran.
However, as the emergency room in Jimbaran was at capacity the tourist was rushed to Udayana University Hospital in Denpasar for treatment.
The Head of the Environmental Agency for Cengiling, Nyoman Sudita, has also confirmed the report and an awareness campaign has been launched to urge local livestock owners to corral or tether their animals at night, or if left unattended.
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Sudita said, “The warning letter was issued based on Banjar Cengiling’s regulation which regulates residents’ pets [and livestock].”
He added “People must be aware and understand the regulations for raising livestock. Considering that our neighborhood has become a tourist destination, it won’t be a disturbance to social security and order in the future.”
Seeking to reporters independently the Head of South Kuta Subdistrict, I Ketut Gede Arta said that releasing livestock into the “wild” was not justified. He too appealed to drivers to be more careful, especially at night.
According to him, caution and safety is the top priority for drivers especially when driving in rural, residential, and densely populated areas such as Jimbaran, Uluwatu, and other developing tourist destinations.
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Arta added, “It is not permissible to release livestock, but on the one hand, you must also be careful when driving, because this area is still rural, where traditional life is still maintained in the village. So we will also coordinate with the village regarding future handling steps.”
Tragically, Wednesday’s collision was not the only traffic incident to occur in Bali’s popular tourist resorts this week.
In Kaja Village, just north of Ubud, close to the Tegalallang Rice Terraces, two young men lost their lives on Thursday night.
The pair were riding a Honda Beat moped, and neither were wearing helmets.
Police have reported that the situation at the scene suggests that the driver lost control of the motorcycle on the downhill stretch of road leading to the intersection at Jalan Raya Buahan in Kaja Village.
Speaking to reporters, Payangan Police Chief AKP I Nengah Sona said that traffic on the roads at 11 pm, the time of the incident, were quiet and that they are not searching for any other drivers in connection with the crash. The two men in their year 20s are believed to have died of head injuries on impact.
Bali’s roads are notoriously dangerous at night. The combination of poor street lighting, drivers not obeying traffic laws, driving under the influence of alcohol, and in parts, the poor condition of the roads all lead to dozens of serious collisions every week.
A British tourist, aged 24, died on Thursday 2nd November following a hit-and-run incident in broad daylight.
The man was driving a motorcycle from Ubud towards Singaraja in the mid-afternoon when he was hit by a car taking a right turn too wide.
The driver told police thought he had grazed the tourist on the moped, and despite seeing him fall to the ground did not stop to check his condition.
The tourist’s family has signed a peace agreement and is receiving support from the British Consulate and Bali Police.
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