At least nine people have been killed in traffic accidents during the Galungan festival that was celebrated this week in Bali from Wednesday.

Most people travel back to their hometowns and villages to celebrate the festival with their families. The cause is often speed and not wearing safety gear while riding their motorcycles.

“Most of the accidents committed by motorists who were not using safety helmet during the ride,” Sugianyar was quoted by the Antaranews agency as saying.

Most victims were wearing Balinese traditional outfit to celebrate the festivities while they rode the motorbikes, he added.

He said that the need to wear helmet should be implanted in the minds of Balinese as most of them reluctant to use helmets when they are in traditional outfits for the festival.

Balinese feared that using helmets would damage their traditional headwears.

Update: Australian man killed in a motorcycle accident.

An Australian man has been killed in a motor cycle accident in Bali.

From NT news:

The man, understood to be a resident of Darwin, was an employee of airline company Strategic Aviation.

The Bali police report identifies him as Andrew MacLennan.

A friend of Mr MacLennan who contacted the Northern Territory News said he was 40 years old and lived alone in Darwin.