Mass Trial for Traffic Crimes
A total of 380 people have been prosecuted for traffic offenses in a mass trial in Singaraja.
“This is the largest number of traffic offenders ever summoned for trial in the history of [the Singaraja District] Court,” said Buleleng Police spokesperson Nyoman Widastra.
The offenders, many of who were students, had been detained in a series of police operations in the north Bali regency in recent weeks, and were tried together last Thursday to save time and money as most of the violations were minor and merited fines rather than custodial sentences.
“Riding a motorbike without wearing a helmet and riding a motorbike without proper licenses are the two most common violations we found during the operation,” Widastra said.
There were no defence lawyers or prosecutors involved in the trial as all the offenders had admitted their crimes. The judging panel heard cases over a 2.5 hour period, and handed out a series of fines ranging from Rp25,000 (US$2.9) to Rp135,000 (US$15.8).Filed under: Headlines