Tag Archive | safety

Safety versus Profit Conspiracies

Reader comments on an article reporting on the new rules and fines being imposed to motorcycle riders cover a range of reactions; from the usual:- it’s about time there was a crackdown on the reckless motorcycle ridersto the somewhat illogical:- if this goes on, sooner or later they’ll be fining pedestriansto the conspiracy theorists:- this rule does not side with the ‘little people’. It is a conspiracy between the city administration and the producers of motorcycle headlights to increase sales.So I wonder how people would react to the rule where drivers are not allowed to make calls while driving? Maybe they’ll say it’s a conspiracy between the city administration and producers of cellphone handsfree kits.That said, I am not aware if this HP handsfree rule applies to motorcyclists, which we still often see making calls while riding their motorcycles.

I Guess It’s The Intention That Counts…

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… even if the helmet is on backwards and not properly tied to the head.

When One Hand Is Steering The Motorcycle, The Other Is…

… holding a gallon-sized water bottle…. holding the helmet he or she is supposed to wear…. calling on the phone…. SMS-ing on the phone…. holding a cigarette…. holding a bag of groceries…. holding a baby (!)… carrying a long plank of wood…. waving those flashlight-cum-lightsaber thingys usually used for directing traffic.

But We Practice This Circus Act Every day

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A family of four on a motorcycle whizzing through the streets of Jakarta on Thursday. (Photo: Afriadi Hikmal, JG)

There is a new rule which bans people from riding motorcycles with more than one passenger. The rule also applies for carrying oversize luggage on a motorcycle. But apparently, the rule will only apply for people going home in the Lebaran season.So, safety first only applies in the holidays?

Honey, Where Did You Park The Car?

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Police officers chat near a minivan that plunged into a river in Cempaka Putih, Central Jakarta, on Monday. The driver, who was reported to be sleepy when driving, was unharmed. Jakarta Post/Ricky Yudhistira

Repost: Too Obvious To Miss

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A pair ride a motorbike ride with the lights off on Jl. Imam Bonjol, Central Jakarta on Friday. In the background is a banner set up by police stating that all motorcyclists must use the left lane and keep their lights on. (JP/Ricky Yudhistira)

Our Tax Payments At Work

Officers catch chickens at a village in Jakarta. The city government plans to relocate all chickens from residential areas to curb the spread of bird flu. (Photo: Bagus Indahono, EPA)