Walk At Your Own Risk!

The early Monday news haunt me till this very minute.

9 innocent lives gone taken by one drunk, driver’s license-less and a meth head girl on Sunday morning in Jakarta.

Image from: Kompas

The driver and her 3 friends survived but those 9 lives are forever gone.

This has became a national headlines today and I feel sick down to my stomach.

Let me tell you, here, you ride the filthy public buses you’ll get groped by perverts, you ride the train you will get squeezed like sardines. You ride public mini-vans and you get raped! Now it’s not even safe to walk down the street? How sad has this city become is beyond me. This is just a daily part of commuting in Jakarta, a picture I took riding the all female train.

First of all, like I had blog before, sidewalks in Jakarta is pretty much nonexistent! They are either uneven, with dangerous pot holes, cracked or just pretty much occupied with those street vendors or covered with motorbikes trying to escape the congested traffic.

Now let’s talk about drivers courtesy in general here. Guess what, it’s pretty much nonexistent too.

As someone who doesn’t drive here, I’ve heard my father vented out about how rude people can get once they are behind the wheels here, be it two wheeled or four wheeled ones.

Road courtesy is nonexistent. Driver’s education? Nonexistent!

No wonder a lot of Indonesian drivers failed their tests if they attempt to get driver license abroad.

Do you even know how freaking easy it is to get a driver’s license here? Just bribe and voila! You can now drive and put everyone else’s lives at risk by having no ideas how to drive safely. The whole system is beyond broken and maybe that’s why I refused to drive here.

What pissed me and so many millions other Indonesians are the facts that this girl would only face 4 to 12 years in prison for what she did. Really? It’s a freaking DUI for God’s sakes. Is that how cheap the price of one’s life in my country? Among the victims were a 7 months pregnant lady. Killed with the baby inside! She went all Grand Theft Auto on these people and will just get a slap in the hand for it?!

This is so outrageous and make such a huge mockery out of our justice system. Personally, I think this girl should be handcuffed right away not tweeting and playing around with her Blackberry at the crime scene like shown on TV. From what I read, she had the time to locked her Twitter account just before she got arrested. There is no word to describe how disgusting that is. She should pay for what she did and spend the rest of her lives behind bars to think of those innocent lives taken by her stupidity!

So yeah, I guess in Jakarta walking now need to come with a warning label! Walk at your own risk.

What’s DUI laws are in your country? 




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  1. January 25, 2012 / 10:31 am

    We have to take written and driving tests to get our driver license here, but they are not that bad though. Actually driving over here is easier than driving in Indonesia. Over there drivers break rules most of the time, have no courtesy, over here, drivers are more polite. There are four-ways stop, which I truly believe would not work in Indonesia as drivers over there are so pushy. We have some problems with people driving while texting, driving under the influence over here though.

  2. January 26, 2012 / 8:08 am

    Oh this is so so SO tragic.
    In Canada we have a strict license program.
    At 16 you write an exam.
    If you pass you can only drive with another person who has had their license for a year.
    Then you take the drivers test after one year.
    Then you take another one after that a year later.
    But it doesn’t prevent stupidity in peoples decisions to drive under the influence.
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  3. January 26, 2012 / 2:00 pm

    The recent story of the toddler who was killed ruthlessly in China, and now this, really saddened me. It really makes you wonder, doesn’t it? Is the life of a human being worth only THAT much?? We all know that accidents happen, but when such blatant negligence and crime are allowed to go unpunished due to a failure in the justice system, it really makes the world one scary place to live in.
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  4. January 26, 2012 / 7:14 pm

    This is so, so sad. I agree with you, she should be punished more than the alloted 4 to 12 years. She killed people through her own negligent actions! And, judging by the fact that she was on Twitter soon after, it would seem that she didn’t have that much remorse over what she did.

    Here, in my state of Maryland, at 15, you take a test (written) to be granted a learner’s permit first (that can be used with an adult in the car), and then you take a week long class of driver’s education (at 16). Upon passing that test and gaining (I believe) 80 hours of driver’s experience with your learner’s permit, then you take a driver’s test (that comes in two parts- a written part and a driving part). If you pass, then you get your license, but it is still a probationary license (if you are 16) until you become (18, I think).
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  5. January 27, 2012 / 7:41 am

    That IS horrible. And 4 – 12 years is like adding insult to injury. All I can say is, her consciousness will remember. You can’t survive something like that and live the rest of your life scot-free. Every time something good happens to her, when she gets pregnant herself, she’s going to wonder if karma is going to take it all away. And it will. In the end, we all know – things even out. Nine lives? That’s karmic in itself!
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  6. January 29, 2012 / 1:09 am

    It is clear that drugs are a scourge for Indonesia, the tragedy in Tugu Tani is a slap to the authorities (POLRI) to immediately combat the circulation of drugs in this country … our country is becoming a transit point for trafficking drugs into another country. This must be stopped!

  7. January 31, 2012 / 4:06 am

    Oh my, this is sad on so many levels. I feel pain for the people killed, for the way the traffic laws are and for the lack of punishment in the justice system. I’m sorry that it’s like this where you live.
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