They’re watching us: Bali Police to launch digital traffic law enforcement on Thursday

Photo: Bali Police.
Photo: Bali Police.

Gone are the days where one can get away with traffic violations when there are no police officers in sight – at least in Badung and Denpasar, for now. 

Bali Police have announced that it is launching a new digital traffic law enforcement system tomorrow.

Praise be to technology, all tickets and fines for traffic violations will be issued via the E-TLE (Electronic Traffic Law Enforcement) system. Nationally, the Indonesian police announced the digital-only policy on Oct. 24.

Read also: Leave it to the cameras, as new directive bars traffic cops from issuing fines

Bali Police spokesman Stefanus Satake Bayu Setianto said earlier this week that eight E-TLE cameras have been installed in Denpasar and Badung, noting the following spots:

  • Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai-Jalan Pulau Serangan
  • Simpang Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai-Jalan Kampus Unud. 
  • Base Ops Lanud Ngurah Rai
  • Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai (before the popular gift shop Krisna)
  • Kawasan Airport Ngurah Rai-Jalan Raya Tuban
  •  Kuta (SIMP Tuban)
  • Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Benoa, Kuta Selatan (west of the Pertamina 54.803.27 gas station)
  • Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Benoa, Kutsel (east of the Pertamina 54.803.27 gas station).

Photo: Bali Police.

Before those locations, the new system was already introduced on Jalan Teuku Umar-Jalan Imam Bonjol Simpang Buagan for two months, Stefanus added.

In addition to those static cameras, patrolling police officers can also snap pictures of traffic violators using their smartphones. Violators will receive a digital notification for their warning or fine.

Stefanus said that traffic tickets will be sent to the addresses of the violators.

“Most violations include failing to wear a seatbelt, texting while driving, and smoking cigarettes while driving,” he said.

Separately, Badung Police Chief Leo Dedy Defrestes confirmed today that his officers will begin patrolling with their smartphones in areas not covered by E-TLE cameras.

Leo said that traffic violators will not be subject to fines during an unspecified grace period as the E-TLE system is introduced to people on the island. The exception would be on n Jalan Teuku Umar-Jalan Imam Bonjol Simpang Buagan (as the rule already introduced two months ago).

“We will warn motorists who violate [law]. So not all of them will be fined,” Leo said.

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