26/04/2016 Press release

TOTAL OIL INDONESIA SAFE RIDING CLINIC RETURNS FOR 2016 EDITION

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Jakarta, Indonesia (26 April 2016) PT TOTAL Oil Indonesia (TOI) today holds another edition of Safe Riding Clinic for high school and college students. Knowing that road accidents is one of the leading causes of death among Indonesian youth, TOI is committed to continuously providing safe riding education.

Last year, the campaign took place in just one location (SMA 2 Jakarta). In 2016, with the increased number of vehicles in Jakarta, TOI targets to visit four locations (SMU 29 Jakarta, SMA Marsudirini in Bekasi, Pancasila University in Jakarta, and Mercu Buana University in Jakarta) to reach out to more young people.

Data from the Ministry of Transportation reveals that there are 59,906 road incidents in 2016. Deaths occurred in 28,897 of these cases. On aveage, there are 263 cases per day and 78 lives lost. The same data shows that motorbike incidents account for the majority the cases at 71%. By age of drivers, 57% are adolescents.

Meanwhile, Traffic Directorate of the Jakarta Provincial Police records show that most traffic violations from February to March 2016 involve high school students, totaling to 62,982 cases. There are less cases among college students, but there has been significant rise by 12% from 7,967 to 8,939 cases.

Based on the data, PT TOTAL Oil Indonesia collaborates with Hai! Magazine to organize Safe Riding Clinic 2016. Consisting of a series of events, the clinic educates teenagers on proper riding techniques.

According to Christopher Kasidi, VP – Retail & Marketing PT Total Oil Indonesia, “Educating teenagers as a means of incident prevention will continue playing an important role, as the number of vehicles keeps increasing at around 12% per year (Traffic Directorate of the Jakarta Provincial Police). Moreover, two-wheeler dominate the roads, accounting for almost 75% of all vehicles in Jakarta or around 13 million units.”

Kasidi also said that, “As roads become more congested, proper and safe riding awareness is a life-saving skill that is unfortunately often overlooked by first-time riders. Through the Safe Riding Clinic from Total, Total invites the teenagers to get familiar with riding tips and tecniques that could increase their safety in Jakarta roads that are vulnerable to traffic risks.”

During the clinic, participants learn about good riding techniques. Other than a learning session, they also join a sharing session and safe riding challenge games.

One of the clinic’s speakers is Umar Suhartono, a member of the Presidential Security Service who also represents the Traffic Directorate of the Indonesian Police. He reminds parents to actively make sure their children have Drivers’ License once they reach legal age and before they are allowed to drive any kinds of vehicle. “The physical, cognitive, and emotive abilities of underage kids are still developing, and they tend to be more aggressive behind wheels or on motorbikes. In 2014, it was estimated that every five days there was a road incident caused by an underage child. Parents can be more proactive by reminding their underage kids about safety risks, considering their limited abilities at such a young age.”

“We hope that Safe Riding Clinic participants can share the knowledge they gain to their friends and family members. PT Total Oil Indonesia plans to continue strengthening our commitment in delivering preventive education to other drivers,” Kasidi remarked

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