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An exponential boom in tourism, and the corresponding wealth that it has brought Bali, has also meant an explosion of traffic and road accidents on the island.

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Statistics for accidents, injuries and deaths on Bali's roads

The only graphic content you're going to see here is of the chart variety. But if you'd rather not know what you're up against on Bali's roads, just go somewhere else – because ignorance, sometimes, is bliss.


Road traffic accidents (RTAs) – deaths and injuries – on Bali, Indonesia (Statistics for 1996-2020)

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A graphic showing deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020. * Numbers for injuries from 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

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Growth in the number of vehicles – scooters, cars, trucks and buses – on Bali (Statistics for 1996-2019)

There's a lot of fresh blood on the roads.

An exponential boom in tourism – and the corresponding wealth that it has brought the island – has also meant an explosion of traffic on Bali.

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A chart showing the exponential rise in the number of scooters, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019. Statistics for 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

The number of vehicles on Bali has mushroomed from just over half a million to nearly 5 million in 25 years – with most of the new additions being motorbikes.

Simply put, the roads in Paradise are full to bursting. The school of fish has got tighter, and the margin for error far slimmer.


Number of vehicles on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2019)

Statistics for the total number of motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019

Statistics for the total number of motorcycles, cars, trucks and buses on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

The vast majority of Balinese people have never taken a test or a driving lesson in their lives. Most pay for a license.

There are children of nine riding without papers, helmets or insurance. Young families of four balanced on a moped aren't uncommon. Add a teenage girl who's texting while she's tailgating, sling a bunch of road-racing 15-year-old schoolboys into the mix, and bang in a few dozen drunk or jet-lagged tourists for good measure.

Gently stir in a brace of tourist buses with bored drivers on tight schedules, sprinkle generously with speeding red or yellow trucks whose brakes may or may not have been fixed in the past year, throw in a wife trailing a wheelbarrow behind her scooter as her husband steers and you've got a volatile scene.


Percentage of motorbikes and scooters on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2019)

A graphic showing the percentage of motorbikes - 85 percent - on Bali's congested roads compared to passenger vehicles, trucks and buses on the island

A statistics chart showing the percentage of motorbikes – 85 percent – on Bali's congested roads compared to passenger vehicles, trucks and buses on the resort island.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.

Whether you're on a scooter or driving your own rental car, 85 percent of your fellow road-users on Bali are going to be motorcycle riders – and it's not rocket science that most people who are injured or die on the island's roads are riding a 'bike.


Number of motorcycles and scooters on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2019)

A graphic showing the number of motorcycles/scooters on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019

A statistics graph showing the number of motorcycles/scooters on Bali's roads from 1996 to 2019. Numbers for 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Badan Pendapatan Provinsi Bali (BPPB) ~ Government Income Department of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Injuries caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali (Statistics for 1996-2019)

Bear in mind that it is not required by Indonesian law to report a non-fatal traffic accident. Most minor accidents and injuries on Bali go unreported.

Statistics for injuries caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2019

Statistics for reported injuries caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2019. Numbers for 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Number of injuries and deaths on Bali's roads (Statistics for 1996-2020)

If you want to kill or injure yourself – or somebody else on Balijumping on a scooter with no experience is a tried-and-trusted method.

Driving your own rental car here without experience is a recipe for manslaughter.

Statistics showing the total number of injuries and deaths from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020

Statistics showing the total number of injuries and deaths from road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020. * Numbers for injuries from 2020 are not yet available.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


Deaths caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali, Indonesia (Statistics for 1996-2020)

What's the worst that can happen? You die.

What's the second worst thing that can happen? You kill someone else, things get very sticky with the police, the victim's family and the courts, and you go to jail before going home.

Bali sees a steady stream of about 500 road-deaths a year, which works out to about ten people a week.

The question is: Are you feeling lucky, punk?

Statistics for deaths caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali from 1996 to 2020

Statistics for deaths caused by road traffic accidents (RTAs) on Bali, Indonesia, from 1996 to 2020.
Source: Kepolisian Daerah Bali (KPD) ~ State Police of Bali Province, Indonesia at www.bali.bps.go.id.


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